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Apr 12, 2001

Apple's fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in the United States will begin surveying 13 more U.S. states between July 15 and July 31, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming. Apple Maps vehicles have been spotted in 15 states to date and will have reached 28 states in total after this next wave.

Apple Maps vehicle driving in Monroe Township, New Jersey in May 2015

Apple confirmed last month that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps "Street View" competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-party sources such as Yelp.

The cities and counties in the 13 U.S. states where Apple Maps vehicles will survey...

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macrumors 6502a
Apr 8, 2015
Swear I saw it earlier this week on the road near my house (Massachusetts), thought it was a cop pulling over a speeder, but turned out to be an escort. Car in front had all sorts of bits sprouting from the top.


Nov 25, 2005
The way it sounds, Apple is adding cars to the program - they are continuing through the states that they are already surveying, and adding new ones, so I would hope that's new cars with new drivers.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 14, 2011
I wonder if they will have people "flashing" the car?

Google Maps had a a street view sequence of images in which you could see a woman in front of the car in the distance, then the next one she has her hands crossed and lifting up her T-shirt -- it's pretty clear what she was about to do. But, the third image shows her behind the car in the distance.

It made the rounds as as a Google Maps "easter egg", but the 2nd image was ultimately removed and replaced with a "black screen".

Edit: I went to look for an article about it, and found another woman in Australia who succeeded. No, I'm not going to post the image....
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macrumors 6502a
May 4, 2011
Mumbai (India)
At this rate it would be ages to cover other countries.

I'm in India and i bought iPhone 6

LTE : non yet available
Apple Pay : Nowhere in sight
Apple Maps : Just photo of the globe, nothing else.

I'm hardly using half cost of the iPhone 6 in terms features.

Also, to mention i used iphone3G, iPhone3GS, iPhone4 all on 2G network as 3G network was not available. Everything is so delayed here in India.
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macrumors 68020
Jul 10, 2012
Finally, after all the Chrysler minivans apple is leading or buying for this project, I hope Sergio Marchionne brought Tim a nice thank you gift last time he visited Cupertino!


macrumors 68040
Apr 11, 2013
Washington D.C.
Serious comment though - doesn't the google van position their camera much higher than this apple van does? I would think that would provide a different (maybe even better) view than what may be produced by pictures from this van, since it captures a more aerial view point (seeing the street from afar).
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