Apple Map vehicles have gathered data from over 40 states and 10 countires

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Apple Maps vehicles equipped with LiDAR equipment have surveyed at least 41 states in the United States. The fleet of vans is still collecting mapping data across the country. The vans started their journey from New York back in 2015 and in past three years, traveled to Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The places where the vans will be collecting data from is updated on the website regularly.

Apple has assured that it will blur the faces and number plates prior to publishing the data. It is following a policy similar to that of Google Street View.

In 2015, Mark Gurman reported that Apple is going to launch a 3D street view feature. It was based on a combination of its existing Flyover mode with street-level data. He also said the data would help Apple shift to an in-house mapping database by 2018, reducing its reliance on third-party sources like TomTom.

Gurman said Apple did not believe that Google’s classic Street View interfaces were intuitive to users. He stated that Apple is looking to find new ways to present that kind of imagery. Google launched its street view back in 2007. If Apple is working on some unique features then there will be some differences. If not then the vehicle-collected data will only be used for storefront imagery or other underlying mapping improvements.

When the Apple vans were introduced, people speculated them to be model of Apple cars. The rumors died out when the cars were marked with the Apple Maps decals. Apple also moved its testing self-driving software with Lexus 450h SUVs near its headquarters in California.

It is not clear when Apple will implement its collected data. Now, that almost 80 percent of the US has been mapped the results of the effort will be presented shortly.

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An engineering graduate, Harry turned to writing after a couple of years of experience in core technology field. At The iBulletin, Harry covers latest updates related to trending apps & games on the app store.

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