Apple Maps Vehicles Have Now Collected Street View Data in Over 40 States and 10 Countries

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Maps vehicles equipped with LiDAR equipment have now surveyed at least 41 states in the United States, with recent areas including Maine and Iowa, as the fleet of vans continue to collect mapping data across the country.

    Image via MacRumors forum member AngerDanger

    The vehicles first took to the streets in major American cities like New York in 2015, and they have since traveled to Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Apple periodically updates a list of locations where the vehicles will be collecting data on its website.

    Apple's page notes that it will "blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication," suggesting that the company is working on a feature similar to Google's Street View for Apple Maps.

    Back in 2015, Mark Gurman reported that Apple planned to launch a 3D street view feature, based on a combination of its existing Flyover mode with street-level data. He also said the data would help Apple shift to an in-house mapping database by 2018, reducing its reliance on third-party sources like TomTom.

    At the time, Gurman said Apple did not believe that Google's classic Street View interfaces were intuitive to users, and as a result, he said the company was exploring new ways to present that kind of imagery.

    Google launched Street View way back in 2007, so if Apple is truly working on its own competing feature, then it will presumably have points of differences. Otherwise, it is certainly possible that the vehicle-collected data will only be used for storefront imagery or other underlying mapping improvements.

    When Apple's fleet of vans first hit the streets, it was speculated they could be the basis of an Apple Car. But those rumors quieted down after the vans were labeled with Apple Maps decals, and because Apple has shifted towards testing self-driving software with Lexus 450h SUVs near its headquarters in California.

    It's too early to say when Apple will fully take advantage of the data it has collected, but with parts of at least 80 percent of the United States now surveyed, the fruits of the labor could be witnessed sooner rather than later.

    Article Link: Apple Maps Vehicles Have Now Collected Street View Data in Over 40 States and 10 Countries
  2. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    I have to say: it was practically shocking recently to see one of these vehicles mapping my little town in South Florida. The picture doesn't offer the same punch of seeing one of these in person.
  3. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    Apple Maps van has one jacked up tire and a flat. No wonder maps can't find ****! Lol
  4. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    great. it now might be about as accurate as a high school map.
  5. Tstiver macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2018
    There was one on my street last weekend. Really took my by surprise!
  6. billybobthornton macrumors newbie


    Apr 11, 2016
    We don’t need another Google Maps! Focus on better products please!
  7. jshort macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Sweet! Now if they could just find things you wanted to search for.. and tell you the best way to get there.

    They're about as helpful/reliable as carrying around a full size globe.
  8. robjulo macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    Only about fiver years behind. Maybe in a few more they will have all 50 states.
  9. Joe Rossignol, Apr 30, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018

    Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    I suck at Photoshop :p

    EDIT: @AbSoluTc I've done my best attempt to re-inflate the tires... :oops: :D
  10. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    That van has some messed up tires.
    It's called a feature, not a bug.
  11. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
  12. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    You know, I agree. I will always start with Apple Maps first, but instinctively check google maps to double check.
  13. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    Apple maps is terrible. Only use when you want to not find where you need to go.
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Not Sure how you can say that Apple Maps is “terrible”, which could be variable based on someone’s experience in location. I use Apple Maps every single day and it’s never failed me. It’s greatly improved from where it was once, and it gives me all the necessary information I need to get to my destination the quickest and best route. I don’t even use Google maps anymore, even though Google maps is very good.
  15. ummario macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    is it already possible to see some of these captured images as Google Street view?
  16. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    The problem is that street view imagery gets so outdated so fast... are they really planning on using 2015 imagery of New York? There's a restaurant on my block that has changed 3 times since then!
  17. rictus007 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
  18. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Part of the problem is people never used it since its first and second year and just assume its terrible. IMO it's far better than Google Maps. It navigates better and finds just about the same amount of places. I find its more accurate too for road closings.
  19. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Wow, Hobe Sound! I used to spend so much time there as a kid, as my grandparents lived there. I grew up in Broward.
  20. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    A for effort. The flat tires were the first thing I noticed. Lol!
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think you make a good point. Some never resort to using Apple Maps preinstalled on an iPhone, they just automatically download Google maps and assume Apple Maps is not relevant or as accurate as Apple Maps is. I find Apple Maps to be in my city excellent for road closures and alternative routes to reach my destination without issue. I’m not being dismissive for anyone that likes Google maps or Waze, I don’t even have either of those apps installed on my phone, because Apple Maps has been my primary.
  22. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Apple Watch and Apple Maps a very nice combination while driving.
  23. blacktape242 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    yeah apple maps needs a lot of work and so do a lot of other things apple does... like siri. Improvement is good, but its taking FOREVER.
  24. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Hasn't this already been done by Google and those guys?

    "Never hurts to double check."

  25. DesterWallaboo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2003
    Western USA

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