• Apple Confirms that its Vans are Being Used for Mapping Data



    Apple has recently ended the speculation surrounding its previously secretive mapping vans by officially revealing that the vehicles are collecting data for future Apple Maps updates. The company emphasized both privacy and transparency with a list of upcoming driving locations. The information was revealed in a new website which is dedicated to Apple Maps. On its new site, the company also shared a list of locations where its vans will be scanning between June 15 and June 30. The vans will make appearances in Ireland, England and several locations across the United States.

    The complete list of locations where the Apple Maps vans will be in the second half of June are as follows:

    United States

    • Arizona - Pima (Tucson)
    • California - Alameda (Oakland), Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
    • Florida - Orange County (Orlando)
    • Georgia - Fulton (Atlanta)
    • Hawaii - Hawaii (Oahu)
    • Illinois - Cook (Chicago)
    • Massachusetts - Suffolk (Boston)
    • Michigan - Wayne (Detroit)
    • Missouri - St. Louis (St. Louis)
    • New York - New York (New York City)
    • Texas - Dallas (Dallas), Tarrant (Fort Worth)
    • Utah - Salt Lake (Salt Lake City)
    • Washington - King (Seattle)

    England

    • East of England - Essex (Brentwood, Epping Forest), Hertfordshire (Broxbourne, Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield)
    • Greater London - Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, City of London, City of Westminster, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth
    • South East - Kent (Dartford, Sevenoaks), Surrey (Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Spelthorne)
    • West Midlands - Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield, Perry Barr, Erdington, Ladywood, Hodge Hill, Yardley, Edgbaston, Hall Green, Selly Oak, Northfield), Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Staffordshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

    Ireland

    • Leinster - Dublin (Dublin City [Ashtown, Ballybough, Ballyfermot, Ballygall, Ballymun, Beaumont, Cabra, Chapelizod, Cherry Orchard, Clontarf, Coolock, Crumlin, Donaghmede, Drimnagh, Drumcondra, East Wall, Fairview, Finglas, Firhouse, Glasnevin, Inchicore, Irishtown, Kilbarrack, Kilmainham, Kilmore, Kimmage, Knocklyon, North Wall, Pembre, Phibsborough, Raheny, Rathfarnham, Rathgar, Rathmines, Ringsend, Sandymount, Santry, Templeogue, Terenure, The Liberties, Walkinstown, Whitehall], Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin)

    This information finally puts an end to the rumors speculating that the company was using vans to test driverless technology on active roads. That being said, Apple is still believed to be working on a top-secret vehicle project dubbed “Project Titan,” near its headquarters in California.

    We’ll have to wait and see what’s to come when more concrete information is revealed.

    Source: Apple (Apple Maps Vehicles)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Confirms that its Vans are Being Used for Mapping Data started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Why bother wasting time and money on re-mapping the world....Just license Google Maps data.
      Apple trying to compete in the Maps business is just them burning money to be second, if not third, rate.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Why bother wasting time and money on re-mapping the world....Just license Google Maps data.
      Apple trying to compete in the Maps business is just them burning money to be second, if not third, rate.
      The decision to make their own proprietary maps wasn’t just arbitrary. Google forbid Apple from using their maps program unless Apple began adding ads or paid them. Better to waste money on building your own system than give that money to your direct competitor.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      The decision to make their own proprietary maps wasn’t just arbitrary. Google forbid Apple from using their maps program unless Apple began adding ads or paid them. Better to waste money on building your own system than give that money to your direct competitor.
      They give millions to Samsung every year....
      The better option would have been to pay Google a license fee.
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