Apple Maps has gotten much better since its 2012 launch, but it still isn’t quite as built out as Google’s rival Google Maps.
Thanks to drones, that soon may change.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple Maps is said to be using the aerial robots as well as some indoor navigation tech to improve its app to better compete with Google.
Apple, like Google and Microsoft’s Bing, currently uses cars equipped with cameras and sensors to travel and record mapping data. By switching to drones the company could conceivably record this data faster and thus more quickly update and improve Maps.
More specifically, Apple is said to want to use the drones to examine street signs, monitor road changes as well as see if areas are under construction, according to the report. That data would then be sent over to the Apple 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.
Apple released an indoor mapping app called Indoor Survey last November that allows registered businesses to use their iPhones to help improve indoor positioning by using WiFi, radio frequencies and sensors such as GPS.
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.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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