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Apple Maps vehicles will begin surveying Belgium and the Netherlands during June, according to a list of locations maintained on Apple's website.

The data collected will be used to improve Apple Maps and to expand its Look Around feature, which remains limited to a handful of U.S. cities. Introduced in iOS 13, Look Around is similar to Google's Street View, providing a street-level view of supported locations with high-resolution 3D imagery that can be zoomed and panned.

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One advantage of Look Around over Street View is smoother panning when moving around the map for a more immersive experience. As with Street View, Apple blurs faces and license plates in all of the 3D imagery that it makes available.

Apple Maps‌ vehicles have also surveyed parts of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Portugal, Croatia, Japan, Andorra, and Puerto Rico since data collection began in 2015. In some areas where streets are not easily accessible, Apple uses employees wearing a backpack system to collect data.

Article Link: Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying Belgium and the Netherlands
 

hanske68

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Wow, even before the HomePod is made available. Way to go Apple.

O wait... it is just a start. That means it will take another decade or so before the result will be available...

The pace of technology these days is overwhelming...
 
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a-v-k

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Well, they mentioned only capital and northern part of the country. That’s strange. They did Germany one year ago and it is still not published...
 
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il_teo77

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Should have profited more of the Coronavirus lockdowns in many parts of Europe. Less traffic (much less), empty streets. Would have made for less clutter to delete from the images. Although seeing all stores and restaurants closed would have conveyed an eerie feeling to the images.
 
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hanske68

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Well, they mentioned only capital and northern part of the country. That’s strange. They did Germany one year ago and it is still not published...

It's because The Netherlands are such a big country.

Or maybe they are afraid to drive a car under sea level? haha
 
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jimthing

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The problems with these street view type things are:

1.The initial data gathering and building.
Every bit of every country on earth simply takes time. And Apple are not investing anywhere near the amount Google have in collecting/building the product.

2. Accuracy and maintenance.
The world is constantly changing all over the place. Unless you are updating the maps information on a reasonably regular basis, it can fairly quickly become massively out of date, thus useless to users in certain areas.

For both, it's clear that Apple are not invested enough in the project. It's all drip, drip, drip type speed of improvements globally.
 
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JosephAW

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I waved at a vehicle as they drive by with the cameras rolling.
 
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