New Apple Maps Cars Spotted in Los Angeles

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    New next-generation Apple Maps vehicles have been seen on the streets of Los Angeles, according to Business Insider. While Apple has previously been using minivans to collect mapping data, the new vehicles are Subaru Impreza wagons.

    The Subarus feature new LIDAR equipment that we have not previously seen either on Apple's Maps minivans or on the Lexus SUVs that it is using to test self-driving capabilities in Northern California.


    Apple has been collecting street-level data from vehicles equipped with multiple cameras and advanced LIDAR systems since 2015. In fact, its original minivans sparked speculation about work on an autonomous vehicle, which turned out to be true, but the minivans from 2015 on were always dedicated to maps.

    Apple is using the data that it has gathered from its mapping vehicles in iOS 12, with the revamped Maps app that's been rebuilt from the ground up for better accuracy and more detail.

    Apple is no longer relying on a third-party Maps provider, instead using the information it has collected over the past three years from vehicles driving across the United States and other countries.

    The new Maps app, available in California at the current time, 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.

    It's not clear why Apple has switched to a new type of mapping vehicle, nor what new equipment it is using, but prior setups have included four LIDAR arrays, eight cameras, a GPS rig, a measurement tool attached to a rear wheel for precise distance tracking and image capture, and inside, a Mac Pro for storing all the data.

    The new vehicles appear to be limited to Los Angeles at this time, but a similar setup was spotted in San Francisco in an unmarked white Subaru. If Apple is using a new type of mapping vehicle, we could see them in additional areas in the United States soon.

    Apple maintains a full list of all of the locations where it is gathering mapping data at any given time for "future Apple Maps updates" on its website.

    Article Link: New Apple Maps Cars Spotted in Los Angeles
  2. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    I really like Apple Maps and I think it's improved a lot. I deleted spyware Google Maps.
  3. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Subaru for life.

    If Apple wanted to partner with them on an autonomous vehicle that would be amazing.
  4. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
  5. AngerDanger, Oct 11, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Here's to hoping it doesn't come into contact with a low-hanging telephone wire right as it's struck by lightning. That car would be far too conspicuous in 1985.

  6. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
  7. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    OMG, too funny!!!!!! :D. I was thinking...I wonder how many times people have called the police to report some sort of weird spy/snoop vehicle?
  8. alexe macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2014
    I prefer Google maps over Apple maps, but just for the sake of competition it's good for everybody that there is more than one company that will have map data as extensive as Google does.
  9. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    Apple maps data in my city is now on par with Google maps, but I still use Google for the traffic data as that matters more here than getting the park paths and other minutia right (which is the only difference on the map data now).
  10. 400 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2015
  11. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    As long as it's not traveling 88mph the instant the lightning strikes... everything should be fine.
  12. spacemnspiff, Oct 11, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2018

    spacemnspiff macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    Stopped using Waze completely because it's been flaky when I need it, I chart my drive around traffic to work and home primarily using Apple Maps. Less the reliance on Google, the better.
  13. sully54 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2012
    Looks like apple has been able to place all the cameras and sensors into a smaller package.

    The heightt must be in order to keep the view consistent, since most of apple’s data were takes by higher sitting minivans and SUVs.
  14. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
    Thanks.... I cringed at the "wagon" descriptor, as if we were in 1981.

  15. FRVES macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2012
    I did have some issues with Apple Maps yesterday in New Jersey. Wrong information in 5 locations.
  16. Sanme macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2017
    And I’m assuming you use bing search engine or you’re a monumental body of knowledge?
  17. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Saw one in my town of Antioch two days ago too.
  18. kaneda macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2001
    Just spotted one on Hwy 17 to Santa Cruz.
  19. matamoris macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2011
    Think we’ll ever get street view in Maps?
  20. DeeLAN macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2018
    duckduckgo for life
  21. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
  22. Bengy66 macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    The elevated camera and LIDAR makes me think that’s exactly what this is for.
  23. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    Google maps still has better traffic info than apple does. At least for me it does here in Houston.
  24. MikeAnd macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Apple Maps data in my city (SF, and the general Bay Area) is now significantly better than Google Maps, especially for details in places like parks, schools, etc., where they were historically poor. But outside of NorCal — the only area so far with the "new" maps — I'd still expect Google Maps to have better data in most cases.
  25. mrr macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2008
  26. MacRumorUser78 macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2014
    I saw one two days ago in Palos Verdes (SW peninsula in greater Los Angeles). Was turning a corner away from me so didn't get a good look, but I was surprised that it wasn't an SUV. It had the Apple Maps decal.

    I generally use Apple Maps for navigation now as I prefer the interface. But it's accuracy in the UK this fall left much to be desired. Couldn't rely on any one nav system. The multiple names of places in Scotland didn't help (Gallic and English of various spellings). Didn't help that we were using throttled T-Mobile.

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