Apple Using Drones to Improve Its Maps


Apple Maps has gotten much better since its 2012 launch, but it still isn’t quite as built out as Google’s rival Google Maps.

Thanks to drones, that soon may change.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is said to be using the aerial robots as well as some indoor navigation tech to improve its app to better compete with Google.

Apple, like Google and Microsoft’s Bing, currently uses cars equipped with cameras and sensors to travel and record mapping data. By switching to drones the company could conceivably record this data faster and thus more quickly update and improve Maps.

More specifically, Apple is said to want to use the drones to examine street signs, monitor road changes as well as see if areas are under construction, according to the report. That data would then be sent over to Apple’s Maps team who would, in turn, put it into the app to give users the most up-to-date information about the area they were in.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Eli Blumenthal