Apple plans more frequent Maps updates by using drones instead of cars to capture data.
(CCM) — Apple is about to unleash a fleet of drones to collect geographic data as part of a push to improve its Maps service, according to a Bloomberg report. The company is in the process of assembling a team of robotics and data collection experts whose responsibility will be to use the drone data to update maps, according to the report. The company wants to use the drones to photograph street signs and spot areas where construction problems are going on. Apple expects that this data collection method will prove faster than sending camera-vans out on the roads, and ultimately Apple hopes its use of drones will enable it to make its maps as good or better than market leader Google's.
Bloomberg says that Apple is also developing new features for Maps, including views inside buildings and Google Maps-style car navigation. Both Apple and Google consider digital maps to be crucial to the success of their mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, because many different types of apps relating to everything from travel to fitness rely on them for location data. Apple first launched its mapping app in 2012, five years after the iPhone launch of Google Maps.
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