Smile, you're on camera! New cars take photos through the streets of Australia to make Streetview-style maps – but they're not from Google
- Apple fleet with high-mounted cameras take photos in your street
- Lidar-precision 3D images used for navigation by cars without driver also taken
- Every state and territory will be photographed at the end of next year
- Those with privacy issues can email Apple to request that your home become blurry
Apple is taking photos of Australian streets this month to upgrade its map app with photos similar to Google's Street View.
Apple cars will systematically document the road network of every Australian state and area, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
The Apple fleet has cameras mounted on car roofs and has already started driving through Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth and taking photos in all directions.
Apple cars & # 39; s will photograph the streets of every state capital and the territory will be completed by the end of 2020. They will take photos in all directions and also take Lidar photos that are used for navigation in some non-driver cars.
Tasmania and Queensland will also see the Apple cars, starting on Friday, with Darwin scheduled to be photographed in March next year, Apple's website says.
The field teams collect latitude and longitude data, GPS tracks, altitude measurements and also take lidar images of the streets.
Lidar uses a laser to make high-resolution three-dimensional precision maps and is used in navigation for some non-driver cars.
The new Look Around feature in Apple Maps will use the new photos to give users an interactive 360-degree view so that they can see what the street actually looks like.
& # 39; Apple is conducting soil surveys worldwide to collect data … to improve Apple Maps and support the Look Around feature & # 39 ;, Apple says on its website.
Apple has so far launched its Look Around feature in the US cities of New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but plans to make it worldwide.
Photographing takes a few months and photography is completed at the end of 2020 at all Australian locations.
Apple Maps Look Around feature is similar to Street View from Google and shows users a location with an interactive 360-degree view. Currently it is only available in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but it will be rolled out worldwide
When the images are published, users will discover what the Apple fleet has accidentally captured.
Google was famous for accidentally catching a man who fell down the stairs in the US and a couple in love in a naked embrace in Taiwan.
For privacy reasons, Apple has said it will not collect WiFi information and will fade faces or license plates captured by accident in their images.
& # 39; We are committed to protecting your privacy while conducting these surveys & # 39 ;, Apple wrote on its website.
The company said it would retain blurry images for 18 years if not published and three years if published.
& # 39; We acknowledge that risks can arise from saving images before publication … In this regard, we blur the images as quickly as possible & # 39 ;, said the Apple website.
Those who are concerned about their privacy or who want their face, license plate or house to be censored can contact Apple by sending an email to: MapsImageCollection@apple.com
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