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.
- 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.”