Apple To Use Drones To Speed Up Improvements On Map Apps

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When you see a city in an illustrated map, it feels like you are looking down from the windows of an airplane. For example, the best features of London are arranged in the right position with additional embellishments and characters. Meanwhile, how will London look in the Apple’s map apps?
Apple at present is doubling its efforts towards the Map apps. The technology company has gathered together a team of robotics and data collection experts so that conditions can be updated quickly using drones and other features. According to a report from Bloomberg, the team will assemble in Seattle. Other reports from Bloomberg have revealed that Apple was able to hire one person from Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery team to become part of the project.
On the other hand, GeekWire has reported several listings on the jobsite of Apple for software engineers that will focus on Seattle maps including a GIS analyst. Right now, Apple is using a fleet of sensor-equipped minivans to capture different conditions. Drones will be used to report any changes on roads like construction projects and increase the map updates.
Apple is also adding other map capabilities that will include views from the inside of buildings and navigational improvements. All these moves seem to be part of Apple’s attempt to catch up with the highly popular Google Maps. Apple has already launched a map app in 2012 but things started so bad that it necessitated an apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple fell short on providing the user with a good experience because of the geographical errors, glitches in rendering and lack of transit maps.
Last year, Apple has filed for an exemption with the Federal Aviation Administration to be able to fly commercial drones. FAA has granted the exemption but there are still many challenges along the way like restrictions to fly drones near people.
A London City Illustrated Map will be easier to create through the use of drones because of the capability to look down on the best features of the city. Looking down, it will not only be the physical elements that will come to view but other distinctive landmarks.