Apple Confirms It’s Sending Out Camera-Equipped Cars In An Effort To Improve Its Maps

Potential Apple Maps car sighting back in February.(YouTube)

Potential Apple Maps car sighting back in February. (YouTube)

As Apple continues on its daunting task of improving Apple Maps’ reputation, the company is looking to the streets. Specifically, it’s trying out that whole Street View thing Google has been doing, sending out vehicles equipped with cameras to snap photos of the world’s highways and byways.

Months after various reports of Apple cars roaming the roads started popping up, the company confirmed its plans on a page for Apple Maps Vehicles, saying that it’s driving around the world to gather data that will be used to improve Apple Maps.

“Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates,” the company’s site says, including a list of locations where the vehicles will be snapping photos between June 15-30.

In case you’re new to how maps work when they include a street view, Apple is reassuring people they won’t be put on blast to the world.

“We are committed to protecting your privacy while collecting this data. For example, we will blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication,” the company explains.

Apple Maps debuted in 2012 and was met with almost universal derision for its inaccuracies, glitches and general bugginess. It was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a formal apology, urging users to download third-party applications to navigate while the company tried to smooth things out.

In another sign that Apple is still hopeful someone out there is using its Maps, the company announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday that it had updated the app to include transit directions. And, it added, there are people out there using it, with Apple claiming it receives 5 billion requests from users per week.

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