Apple will start mapping Austria to improve Apple Maps, “Look Around”


Apple will soon start collecting proprietary data in Austria to extend Apple Maps’ Look Around functionality and to improve navigation.

According to German-language media DerStandard, dozens of Apple vehicles start mapping the streets of Austria for the company from July 5. The initial rollout will focus on vehicle mapping – not on foot – the post added.

Apple maintains a list of regions and countries where its vehicles collect first-hand images for Apple Maps. Austria was not added to the list on Thursday.

The Cupertino tech giant has improved its Apple Maps experience in recent years.

For example, Apple rolled out an improved map experience in 2020 for all users in the United States. Relying heavily on first-party navigation data, the new Apple Maps feature much more accurate and faster directions, as well as more detailed information on local landmarks.

In iOS 13, Apple introduced a “Look Around” feature similar to Google’s Street View. At the time of writing, the feature is available in 28 cities in the United States, Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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