Apple to expand its indoor mapping features, data for Apple Maps will be collected by flying drone

Dec 3, 2016, 5:11 am

Ankita P.

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Apple is going to expand its Apple Maps by implementing some new indoor location mapping features. As per a report from Bloomberg, the company will now use drones for collecting the data more accurately. And for doing this Apple also got the FAA permission to fly drones for collecting data, photography and videography.

The report states that drones will collect the data about road changes, construction and street signs. And for managing all the operations related to drone Apple is going to hire Amazon’s Prime Air Unit.

Most recently Apple also introduced “minivans”, the vehicles for ground, which have rooftop cameras, allows to collect information about roads and street view by clicking pictures of different places. The main drawback of this was that they must be driven by a person, and because of that there is very limited access for data collection. Now, the idea of using drones for data collection will remove that drawback as it will greatly expand the reach for this work.

Drones doesn’t have to deal with the pedestrian traffic at all, and will also reach at those places where cars can’t. Apple’s drone fleet could watch the progress of construction projects and then ‘rapidly update the maps app’ with the latest information.Though FAA granted Apple for the drones but still there are some rules and regulations related to where and when drones can be flown.

In August this year Maps is a big investment with little monetary reward, it is expensive to maintain an accurate worldwide mapping service which has no clear direct revenue stream.-Eddy Cue,Apple’s executive

Apple is now looking forward for the success of their new data collection technique.

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