Apple Maps Launches Revamped Data Collection Website

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As part of its efforts to rebuild Apple Maps "from the ground up," Apple has been collecting street-level data with LiDAR-equipped vehicles for over three years. Apple also deployed employees wearing LiDAR-equipped backpacks to collect pedestrian-based data starting in California late last year.


    As these efforts expand around the world, Apple recently transitioned to a revamped Apple Maps image collection website with a list of locations it will be surveying both in vehicles and on foot in the upcoming months.

    The page reveals a few new pieces of information, including that pedestrian-based data collection has expanded to Hawaii and Nevada through February. Vehicle-based data collection will also be expanding to the tiny European country of Andorra, landlocked between France and Spain, in April 2019.

    The new page, which replaces the previous Apple Maps vehicles list, also indicates that Apple will "periodically revisit some locations to gather new data in an effort to maintain a high-quality, up-to-date map."

    Apple Maps vehicles have been collecting mapping data in the United States since 2015, with over 45 states at least partially surveyed to date. The vehicles have also surveyed parts of Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, according to Apple.

    Back in June 2018, Apple said the revamped mapping data would roll out section by section across the rest of the United States over the following year. The improvements first rolled out in Northern California in iOS 12 and have extended to Hawaii and Southern California over the past few months.


    The overall look and feel of Apple Maps is mostly the same, but zooming and panning reveals more details like grass, trees, sports fields, and parking lots. Apple also said search results would become more relevant.

    Article Link: Apple Maps Launches Revamped Data Collection Website
  2. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    I know we don't have street view but I waved at the Apple Maps van that passed my house this summer.

    Edit: Looking at the page. They have links near the top for vehicle and pedestrian. Then just below in the opposite order are pedestrian locations followed by vehicle locations. Why not use the same order?
  3. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Still not entirely convinced those weren't inventors disguising their jetpacks by slapping an Apple Maps sticker on.

    Apple Maps Jetpack.gif
  4. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    If only they had something similar to Street View coming out. Maybe call it Eye level or something.
  5. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    iLevel o_O
  6. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    I like the new layout shown in the article - although I hope they do more than those few states (CA, HI and NV) for all of 2019.

    Interestingly, I'm not seeing the new page layout as depicted at the top of the article, although it has the new name - still the old layout from the former vehicle page even with a refresh.
  7. fathergll macrumors 65816

    Sep 3, 2014
  8. anthogag macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2015
  9. ignatius345, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019

    ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    Me too. This was a fascinating dive into Apple Maps and Google Maps -- and specifically the latest detail updates to Apple Maps.

    Definitely confirms what I've generally experienced: Apple Maps is getting quite good for wayfinding, but lags Google in place and business labelling.

    Looks like this guy posts about once a year on the topic of digital app-based maps -- wish it was more!
  10. benji888 macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    Anyone know how to get one of these mapping jobs?
  11. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502


    Feb 28, 2018
    It's great to have detailed maps but Apple will need to hire more staff for Pedestrian view otherwise it will take much longer to collect.
  12. Edsel macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2010
    Over There
    I earnestly tried Apple Maps a couple years ago and it often would ignore portions of main roads thereby sending me on circular back-country journeys. Every time I used Apple Maps something strange would happen. I gave up and went back to using Google Maps.

    Navigation accuracy is more important than streetscapes.
  13. MozMan68 macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2010
    Right here...
    A lot has changed in a couple of years...
  14. mi7chy, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
  15. Unity451 macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2011
    Is that a thing?
  16. dialogos macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Very few things changed. Especially for frequent travellers "Apple maps" is a disaster. Try to fly to various countries all over the world and give them a try :)

    I believe things have improved mostly in the US but that's about it.
  17. MozMan68 macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2010
    Right here...
    USA!! USA!! USA!!

  18. winmaciek macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2014
    Love the choice of Andorra as one of start countries.
    Of all places in Europe ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  19. Ortiz83 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2018
  20. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I thought you said you were a frequent traveller...

    Apple Maps is incredibly accurate here in Toronto. I also noticed that it improved significantly in Montreal, Lisbon, Barcelona, and Rome. In addition, I used it to navigate in Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Venice, Bilbao, Porto, and around Turks & Caicos and it always got me to where I wanted to go, without issue.

    Apple Maps might’ve had a rocky start but over the last couple of years, it’s made vast improvements.
  21. MozMan68, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019

    MozMan68 macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2010
    Right here...
    Thank you for commenting...I don’t even bother anymore.

    Of course it is better in the that really a surprise? But it has definitely improved around the world. And will only get better...quickly...since the tech Apple is using is above and beyond other mapping processes.
  22. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    I used to be fine with Apple Maps (even after launch) it took me where I needed to go. But lately in the last year (specifically with an 8+ then a Max) it has been AWFUL. Sending me down roads that are adjacent to the one I really need to go down, taking me towards freeway entrances I DONT want to be in, this has happened -multiple- times, each time when I finally decided to use waze it took me without failure and frustration to my destination. I don’t really trust Apple Maps anymore.

    Screw seeing your destination on the complete other side of the LA freeway when Apple maps is telling you it’s on your right in 200 feet.
  23. dialogos, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019

    dialogos macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Yes I do travel quite often. No respect but I have a totally different experience compared to yours. Especially in Italy and Spain where I was last month. First of all Apple maps will not recommend the fastest route in lot of places in Europe. They're simply not as accurate and updated. Especially in small villages you may end up going to a dead end road. Simple as that.

    If you think Apple maps are on par with Google I have nothing to add here.

    PS. I'm surprised you mentioned the accuracy of Apple maps especially in Venice!!! Lot of places are missing
    --- Post Merged, Feb 6, 2019 ---
    My opinion is you should listen to the voice of people who actually live in Europe when we express our experience about what's going on here.

    Maybe it's not what you'd like to hear but there's a reason that here in Europe people prefer Google maps.

    Let me give you one example of a problem I have to face often with Apple maps. Unless I deactivate routes with Tolls it will only give me a specific route option when there are 2 or 3 alternatives that are 1-2 minutes slower. It doesn't even give me the option to select my preferred route in some places.

    There are so many issues especially in not big cities. Like dead ends, missing roads, missing places. Issues that Google maps don't have at this point.
  24. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    Try it again. Do you think the only thing they've been doing is making it more pretty?
  25. MozMan68 macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2010
    Right here...
    It's a good thing Apple products, including CarPlay, have Google Maps readily available on it then...right?

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