Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up
Adding their own detailed maps and location data 🗺️
Posted on June 30, 2018 12:17 AM.
Apple Maps was a disaster.
Apple, it turns out, is aware of this, so it’s re-building the maps part of Maps. “We wanted to take this to the next level,” says Cue. “We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world, taking it to the next step.” “That is building all of our own map data from the ground up.”
One way Apple plans on doing this is by collecting location data from your phone as you use the directions. Don't worry though.
Apple's taking a privacy-conscious and anonymized approach by taking small snippets of your route, ...
... and excluding the start and endpoint, so they'll never be tracking your whole journey.
Obviously, only using snippets of location data can't map everything, so Apple's taking after Google, deploying their own fleet of vans.
In addition to a beefed-up GPS rig on the roof, four LiDAR arrays mounted at the corners and eight cameras shooting overlapping high-resolution images, there’s also the standard physical measuring tool attached to a rear wheel that allows for precise tracking of distance and image capture.
These images and data can be used to build 3D models of the environment, and could even be enough to help train self-driving cars 🤔
While there won't be much of a design upgrade (other than details on the map), ...
... the difference in quality level should be immediately visible. The new version of Apple Maps will be in preview next week with just the Bay Area of California going live.
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