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  • Apple Maps Vans Set to Start Collecting Data in France, Sweden and Additional US States

    Apple’s Maps van, which have been going on trips to collect street-level data will be coming to France and Sweden for the first time in August, in addition to touring areas in the US, England and Ireland. Apple recently revealed that vehicles surveying France will initially be touring regions around Paris and the Ile-de-France such as Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne. The Swedish vans will be visiting multiple regions in Stockholm County as well as the city of Malmo.

    When it comes to the US, Apple will be touring several cities and counties, spread across states such as California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Washington.

    As of right now, the exact purpose for the new data remains unknown beyond it being used in the future version of Maps. Some industry analysts are speculating that Apple is preparing to offer its own equivalent to Street view, which is a popular feature of Google Maps that lets users see a 360-degree, eye-level preview of many locations. It’s also possible that the data could be used to improve the 3D Flyover feature too.

    We’ll have to wait and see as Apple Maps is likely to receive a major update with iOS 9, which is set to release this fall. New features include traffic avoidance and the return of public transit directions. Any Street-View like option won’t likely be included unless Apple is preparing a later surprise announcement and can build out image databases in a short amount of time.

    Source: Apple Maps via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Maps Vans Set to Start Collecting Data in France, Sweden and Additional US States started by Akshay Masand View original post