Apple Updates Maps App with Transit Directions for Austria

By Paul Riegler on 26 November 2020
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A vintage streetcar in Vienna, Austria

Apple said it has added transit directions to Austria in an update to the Apple Maps app.

While the update adds public transit directions for the entire country, the focus of the update is Vienna, where travelers

In addition to the Alpine nation, the list of countries on the continent where Apple Maps now supports transit directions includes Estonia, Finland, France (Paris only), Germany, Italy (Rome only), the Netherlands, Norway, Spain (Madrid only), Sweden, and Switzerland.

Transit directions have been available to Apple Maps users in England and Ireland for some time now.

The update offers travelers in Vienna potential transit routes via S-Bahn and U-Bahn as well as Straßenbahn.  The app won’t, however, have access to real-time arrival and departure data, which is also the case for Google Maps.  Some parts of Austria also lack full coverage, such as Innsbruck.

The U-Bahn in Vienna first began operation in 1978, in part a successor to the Wiener Stadtbahn, which first operated in 1898, while the S-Bahn commuter railroad commenced operations in 1962.  The Straßenbahn in the capital city, known as the Bim or Tramway, dates back to 1865.

Apple introduced public transit directions into its Maps app with iOS 6, which was released in September 2012. At launch, in addition to 300 cities in China, the new feature supported Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto. It has since added support for hundreds of cities across the globe.

Apple Maps also works with the Apple Watch in terms of providing turn-by-turn directions on the watch’s display and it uses distinct vibration patterns to indicate if a left turn or right turn is warranted.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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