Apple wants Siri to give you navigation instructions like a human

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Apple Maps instructions might get a lot more 'human' soon.
Apple Maps instructions might get a lot more 'human' soon. Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

Getting direction from a computer sucks, but that could soon change based on a new patent filed by Apple for “Humanized Navigation Instructions for Mapping Applications.

Rather than receiving instructions from an emotion-less robot, Apple’s new patent would make Siri’s turn-by-turn directions sound more like they’re coming from your buddy in the passenger seat by mixing in references to restaurants and landmarks.

Here’s some examples you might here, instead of just being told “in 500 feet, turn right”:

  • “Exit the parking lot near AppleBees® restaurant and then turn right towards Golden Ave.”
  • “Your destination is the apartment complex with the water fountain in the front.”
  • “Your destination is behind OfficeMax.”

According to the patent filed in October 2013, the system is “focused on comprehension rather than precision,” and will give you more details about the surrounding area when you start and end your trip.

Apple’s patent claims the system could use crowdsourced data to make corrections to confusing instructions that led to missed turns and freeway exits, so other drivers can be given better instructions quicker.

Instead of telling drivers to “Head north” the patent would orient drivers in the proper direction by using nearby landmarks and your surroundings. To do so, Apple’s mapping system would need access to data that navigation system normally don’t have, but that could explain why we’ve seen so many of those mysterious vans driving about.

Via: The Verge