Apple Looks to Catch-Up With Google Maps With Drone Fleet
Apple Maps is pretty rough.
On launch Apple Maps featured incomplete map details, with cities outside of the U.S. having huge blank swathes of land and inaccurately named and misplaced landmarks. However, instead of just giving up on the product, Apple still very much wants their Maps to be a thing.
Apple may have developed a plan that can make their plans competitive with Google's. Both Apple and Google use fleets of cars and vans that have special equipment and cameras that collect the data they need to construct their maps. However, Apple may now start deploying unmanned drones to do the same work much faster and maintain more accurate up-to-the-minute maps.
Apple is also developing a new "inside view" for the Apple Maps app. The indoor mapping will help iDevice users to navigate through the interiors of museums and airports more efficiently. Apple is also improving car navigation with updates to lane changing assistance. Both of these new Apple Maps features are planned for a 2017 release.