Man Wearing Apple Maps Backpack Surveying San Francisco on Foot

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    Apple is expanding its street mapping efforts beyond vans outfitted with LIDAR equipment and now has employees collecting street level data on foot.

    MacRumors reader Dante Cesa spotted a man wearing an Apple Maps backpack featuring a LIDAR rig, GPS, and multiple cameras, some of the same equipment that's previously been spotted on Apple's mapping vans.

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    Apple has been collecting street-level data with its Apple Maps vans since 2015, but this is the first time we've seen someone collecting mapping data on foot.

    Apple in iOS 12 introduced a revamped Maps app that's been rebuilt from the ground up using its own data, which the company has promised will bring better accuracy and more detail.

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    The new Maps app offers up improvements to traffic, real-time road conditions, road systems, new construction, and changes in pedestrian walkways along with more detail and accuracy when it comes to displaying foliage like grass and trees, parking lots, building shapes, and more.

    Data gathered on foot will likely be used to improve pedestrian directions in major cities like San Francisco.

    Apple appears to be bolstering its mapping efforts following the launch of iOS 12. Along with the Apple Maps backpack man, Apple has also deployed new Subaru Impreza mapping vehicles that were spotted with new LIDAR equipment earlier this week in Los Angeles.

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    Or some creeper that just put 'Apple maps' on his weird backpack.
     
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    Why no picture of his phone? Probably an iPhone SE.
     
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    A creeper that has equipment of that caliber and cost?
     
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    At that pace it's going to take a long time to catch up to Street View.
     
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    At least he'll close all his rings on his Apple Watch.
     
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    I would be down for that so I can get my steps count
     
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    Hope the AI is good at identifying and blurring out human poop.
     
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    I don't know why Apple, Google and others don't equip USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc with LIDAR equipment on their trucks, planes and employees to get the most accurate maps. It could generate money besides improved usage.
     
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    A) Not everyone is poor. B) That equipment isn't that expensive.
     
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    This sounds like an awesome job. Strap on a backpack and explore the city! This is something I like doing ANYWAY, being paid for it would be amazing.
     
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    He's looking down at his phone to navigate around the city using Google Maps :p
     
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    There are places that would be useful to see in StreetView that are not accessible by car. One such place is the river level of the San Antonio Riverwalk, which is browsable in Google StreetView.

    If they can capture data and imagery by driving streets, they will. But in places not accessible by any vehicle, the only option might be to go on foot.
     
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    It would even better if Apple employed wheelchair users and gathered data on the accessibility of routes… A great way to employ people with disabilities and also develop an understanding of complete street needs.
    Oh and Apple has/had an app called "Indoor Survey" which used to be in the App Store but it requires specialized account access.
     
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    In the photo, I don't see any needles or human waste. Glad the streets are all cleaned up.
     
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    This looks to be another good Samsung commercial idea.
     
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    poor guys back and neck.. imagine having to have that thing close to perfectly upright the whole time...
     
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    I wonder what other cities that the foot cameras will be used.

    I would be worried to carry expensive equipment by foot on many streets in the city I am from. There is a good chance that the equipment will be involuntarily removed.
     
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