Apple Maps Pedestrian Surveys Are Underway In The United Kingdom
Apple Maps appears to be working on mapping areas of the UK where cars cannot drive, with a new report noting that pedestrian surveys took place earlier today and will continue to do so for a number of months
According to a Bloomberg report, surveys were taken on-foot across London, Manchester, and Birmingham in order to give Apple Maps more capabilities when people check areas where its cars cannot travel.
Apple has launched ground surveys on the streets of London, Birmingham and Manchester to gather pedestrian data for its Apple Maps service using special backpacks to capture the necessary data.
The tests began on Monday, March 28 but will continue until mid-May, according to the report. It’s likely that Apple is working to improve both its 2D mapping and the Look Around feature that allows people to get a 3D look at an area before visiting. It’s similar to Google’s Street View and the on-foot surveys will allow Apple to map areas that only people can visit.
Apple has already had people walking around the UK while wearing these backpacks, going all the way back to 2019.
But the additional pedestrian surveys that are running now will allow Apple to map areas that haven’t been scanned before as well as update older data where required.