mapping service Apple Maps could never compete with Google Maps on the global market. And on the side of the market often can not compete with local services. Immediately after leaving the service in 2012, he scored a huge number of bugs and any comparison with Google product did not go. Now the situation has improved, but the balance of forces still not in favor of Apple.
According to the source, Apple intends to improve the service by drones and “the new navigation options.” Currently kupertintsy collected by a team of experts on robotics and data collection, which should focus on improving the company’s mapping service. This will be used drones and specially equipped cars.
And the drones will be used not only to improve the one-time service, but also for the continuous updating of data on construction work, new signs, and so on. However, what you need to have an army of drones, to cover at least the United States, it is difficult to imagine. So the question is continuous updating of data is clearly relative.
The service itself will become not only more accurate, but also to be provided with new functions, such as navigation inside buildings and improved car navigation.
By the way, permit the commercial use of drones Apple received March 22 of this year. For our purposes, the company will use the drones from different manufacturers, including DJI and Aibotix.
It should be noted that now the FAA regulations severely limit the Apple initiative as prohibit commercial flights of drones over people and buildings.