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Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Asmod4n, Jun 25, 2012.
Oh hi, just saw a Street View car for iOS 6 Maps http://instagr.am/p/MQVFtbhRKv/
They have been driving around for a while now (date on this article is last year) http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/29/tomtom-working-on-its-own-street-view-like-service/
That fairly largely says Tom Tom though. Not iOS. Or Apple. Or Street View. Or anything even related to those.
You realise Tom Tom is a separate company from Apple, yes?
Map data says it's from TomTom, yes?
That doesn't mean Apple is licensing all of Tom Tom's data though.
Apple might not be, but if tomtom ever publicly announces it and launches 'streetview' on their tom tom devices then I'll expect Apple to want to be part of it.
I agree, but who knows what they are planning on doing with the data. For all we know they could be planning on selling it to Microsoft for use with their maps. All we know for sure right now is that TomTom is taking pictures.
Apple is more likely to use C3 data for street view.
Agree. C3 uses the same 3D generating technology for street view. I doubt TomTom is using it. Of course, it's entirely possible that Apple will use Tom Tom's street view but since they have already invested in C3 it would make more sense for them to use the technology they have. It's also possible that they won't introduce a street view at all.
Then they would be the only significant platform without it, since Microsoft is busy rolling out their equivalent right now. It depends if Apple are convinced flyover is a viable replacement for street level imagery or not. I suspect they may think that, and there won't be a street view equivalent anytime soon.
Or they'll merge both so that flyover go seamlessly down to street level.
Matching up street views with flyover would result in a horrible, misaligned and too noticeable contrast. Unless they sync the way they get the actual data, which sounds close to impossible.
Nope. I think thats a great idea. Imagine you are in flyover mode. You can just use ur finger and touch and hold any roads on the 3D `map and the street view icon appears and u can zoom into street level view. Like Google Maps. That would be a perfect integration! You get to see how the city is like as well as zoom into street level for more definition.
I think it's just a matter of time until that changes. In the long run, buying is always cheaper than licensing.
I haven't said that would be a bad idea. Just that you can't integrate them easily. Have you really thought Apple wouldn't have got it? It's the easiest thing to imagine, yet almost impossible to realize, like I said.
True... Apple would have a field day implementing a feature that is a spitting image of street view. There would be 'thermonuclear' patent wars from Google.
This is actually not far fetched. C3 has used the same technology for flyover in streetview. So, buildings are mapped in 3D. Using automated image enhancement they could even make dynamic range, contrast, etc match up fairly closely between flyover and street view so switching from one to another could be fairly seamless. The main issues I have with street view now are resolution and how trees look. Presumably, both will be fixed when cameras are used on the ground. I assume they will also take them into parks. This will look amazing if it happens.
Cook could end the war
Trade the square touchscreen device patents for mobile mapping patents
lol I jest
Your comment made me smile.
I can hardly believe my iPhone 4 actually had a patent and a trademark filed in the government records of being a squared device.