Apple using drones to catch Google Maps, report says – USA TODAY

Apple plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to people familiar with the matter. The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the people said.

Key Takeaways:

  • By switching to drones the company could conceivably record this data faster and thus more quickly update and improve Maps.
  • That data would then be sent over to Apple’s Maps team who would, in turn, put it into the app to give users the most up-to-date information about the area they were in.
  • Indoor mapping is another area said to be in the company’s sights.

“Bloomberg notes that improved indoor navigation as well as a new feature to assist in lane changing while driving are tentatively planned to be introduced next year.”