Let us preface by saying this; Apple Maps is way improved in iOS 10. The new interface, the easy to access shortcuts, the integration of apps, the ability to book an Uber and the Parked Car feature are all worthy additions.
However, it’s still far from perfect, which is why Apple is still looking to improve its stock mapping solution for iOS devices.
According to Bloomberg sources the solution lies in drones, which will be used to examine street signs and ensure changes in road layouts are captured so they can be reflected in Maps.
The report says Apple is “assembling a team of robotics and data collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera and sensor ladened minivans.”
Apple has been trailing Google Maps ever since it replaced Mountain View’s long-trusted app in iOS 6 with a largely derided homebrewed option.
The initial failings, which removed landmarks like the Statue of Liberty from maps, and led poor drivers onto airport runways, cost longtime iOS chief Scott Forstall his job.
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According to today’s reports Apple filed for permission to fly drones for commercial purposes over a year ago.
Permission was granted back in March, so the efforts to use drones to improve Maps may already be underway.
The Bloomberg sources say at least one member of Amazon’s Prime Air team has been poached to assist Apple with the development and deployment of the drone fleet.
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