Apple’s mapping cars are headed to Canada

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One of Apple's mapping vehicles in action.
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Apple’s sensor-filled mapping cars are headed to Canada, as Apple collects more data to help improve its Apple Maps service.

Apple shared the following notice both online and in various Canadian newspapers:

“Beginning in May, Apple Maps will be driving across Canada throughout the summer. We’ll be capturing road details, signage and landmarks — all to make the most accurate and useful Maps experience possible. The information collected will be worked on by our teams in Cupertino, California. We plan to publish this data in a future product update.”

Apple also reaffirms its focus on privacy. It says that it is working closely with local regulators to ensure laws and regulations are followed. “Privacy is a fundamental Apple principle, so we’re proud to build it into everything we do,” the company says. All vehicles are clearly marked Apple Maps, so it’s easy to spot the vehicles in question.

You can find out more information about Apple’s mapping initiatives in Canada here.

Keeping Apple Maps at the cutting edge

Apple’s mapping vehicles have previously collected data in Japan, Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., and, of course, the United States.

It’s all part of Apple’s plans to improve its mapping services after the disastrous early days of Apple Maps. Early Maps included everything from horribly warped landscapes to directing folks to drive across taxiways when visiting an airport in Alaska.

Since then, the company has worked hard to change people’s perceptions. This has meant updating the service every single day to try and keep it current. Apple has also investigated technologies like indoor mapping and the use of drones to make Apple Maps as comprehensive as possible.

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Source: Apple