• Apple Expands its Maps Vehicles Project to 13 New US States This Month

    Apple recently announced upcoming survey areas for its Apple Maps vehicle initiative. The Cupertino California company revealed its sensor-laden vans will be tooling roughly 27 new US locales starting mid-July, which includes an expansion into 13 new states. The news was revealed on Apple Maps vehicles webpage, with new mapping areas to be scanned between July 15 and July 30 and limited to the US. Apple is said to be continuing data acquisition in other states as well as England and Ireland.

    The new locations currently include:

    • Colorado - Denver
    • Florida - Escambia County (Pensacola)
    • Idaho - Ada County (Boise)
    • Indiana - Marion County (Indianapolis)
    • Kentucky - Jefferson County (Louisville)
    • Maryland - Baltimore
    • Minnesota - Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Ramsey County (St. Paul)
    • Mississippi - Harrison County (Gulfport)
    • New Mexico - Santa Fe
    • Ohio - Hamilton County (Cincinnati)
    • Oregon - Lane County (Eugene), Marion County (Salem)
    • Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
    • South Dakota - Pennington County (Rapid City)
    • Wyoming - Laramie County (Cheyenne)

    In the states that are already being surveyed, Apple seems to be extending coverage to the following areas:

    • Fresno, Kern County (Bakersfield)
    • San Joaquin County (Stockton)
    • Stanislaus County (Modesto) Monterey
    • Sacramento and Ventura County (Oxnard) in California
    • East Baton Rouge Parish (Baton Rouge) in Louisiana
    • Bexar County (San Antonio)
    • Harris County (Houston) in Texas

    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple previously confirmed ownership of mysterious vans with advanced sensor arrays that were seen driving on US roadways. The company stated that vehicles were gathering data for an internal mapping initiative. Although the company claimed that the move was to help “improve” Apple Maps, equipment mounted on each van’s roof suggests work that seems to be a Google Street View competitor. We’ll have to wait and see when more concrete information is revealed.

    Source: Apple (Maps Vehicles)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Expands its Maps Vehicles Project to 13 New US States This Month started by Akshay Masand View original post
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