Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying Germany Next Week

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Maps vehicles will begin surveying Germany next week, through mid-September, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine.


    The data collected, such as road details, signage, and landmarks, will be used to improve Apple Maps as part of Apple's efforts to revamp the app. The 360º imagery will also likely be used for "Look Around" when Apple eventually expands its new Street View-like feature beyond the United States.

    Look Around is new to Apple Maps in iOS 13. Where available, the feature provides a street-level view of what's around your current location or the location you search for on the map. It's similar to Google's Street View, with one advantage being smoother panning when moving around the map.

    Apple will censor faces and license plates on images that are published in Look Around, as it explains on its website:
    At launch, Look Around is limited to areas in California, Nevada, and Hawaii, but Apple plans to add more locations over time.

    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.

    (Thanks, Burak!)

    Article Link: Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying Germany Next Week
  2. Janschi macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2013
  3. manu chao, Jul 23, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019

    manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    - 244'237 requests from German residents to blur out their homes (2010)
    - Google Has Stopped Street View Photography In Germany (2011)
    - Google restarted surveying Germany with cameras but won't make the images available to the public, only to be used to improve mapping services (2017)

    What is available via Street View in Germany are images from 2008 to 2010 (and limited to 20 cities).

    Apple certainly can use its image collection in Germany for mapping purposes but is unlikely to make Look Around available widely (it probably will be restricted to main tourist attractions).
  4. Lidar macrumors member


    Feb 9, 2015
    They are “mapping” not “surveying.” Get your terms right. I could be wrong though. Maybe they have a professional land surveyor reviewing the results but my money isn’t on that.
  5. verpeiler macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2013
    Munich, Germany
    I guess they will only map the big cities and maybe some interesting spots around them.
  6. Joe Rossignol Editor

    Joe Rossignol

    Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    Apple describes it as "surveying" itself.
  7. Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Whatever improves Maps in our area is welcome, especially considering Car Play.​
  8. chfilm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  9. scsskid macrumors newbie


    Apr 25, 2016
  10. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    The presence of the word "Frankfurter" in the newspaper's name made me laugh because I'm still 12 years old inside, apparently.

    (Yes, I know... city of Frankfurt and all that)
  11. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    Ha. You say that. Frankfurter Würstchen are commonly known as Wiener. Now you’ve got a laugh.
  12. truthertech macrumors 68000

    Jun 24, 2016
    The article should be updated to reflect that Apple said that Look Around should be available everywhere in US by end of this year as they have already finished the US, and are now doing pedestrian paths in US.
  13. Whathappened macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2018
    Aluhut 3.0

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