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Topic: Maps

Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter with automatic directions based on user habits

07/27/2015, 12:07 pm

A major focus for Apple in building iOS 9 is making it even easier to access the information you need, in part by predicting what you want before you unlock your phone. One way the upcoming operating system update will do that is by knowing when you get into your car, and predicting where you're probably planning to drive.

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Apple Maps vans to begin collecting data in France, Sweden in August

07/27/2015, 09:07 am

The Apple Maps vans currently on reconnaissance trips to collect street-level data will be coming to France and Sweden for the first time in August, in addition to touring areas in the U.S., England, and Ireland, Apple revealed on Monday.

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Audi, BMW, Daimler on verge of buying Nokia Here mapping service for $2.71B

07/21/2015, 01:07 pm

Three German carmakers -- Audi, BMW, and Daimler -- have together agreed in principle to buy Nokia's Here mapping service, in a deal estimated to be worth just over €2.5 billion ($2.71 billion), a report said on Tuesday.

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Google's Waze mapping service launches carpooling trial in Israel

07/06/2015, 10:07 am

As Apple looks to expand its Maps effort with public transit information, Google its taking its Waze service in a different direction, debuting a new ride sharing feature that is being tested in Israel.

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Apple Maps vehicles project expands to 13 new US states in July

07/01/2015, 07:07 pm

Apple on Wednesday announced upcoming survey areas for its Apple Maps vehicle initiative, revealing its sensor-laden vans will be tooling around a total of 27 new U.S. locales come mid-July, including an expansion into 13 states.

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Samsung subsidiary Mapzen hiring Apple cartographers, designers for maps initiative

06/30/2015, 11:06 pm

Mapzen, a pioneering open source mapping project now backed by Samsung Research America, has hired a number of former Apple employees previously attached to Apple Maps, AppleInsider has learned.

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As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber

06/30/2015, 10:06 am

Uber is set to acquire the imagery collection unit of Microsoft's Bing Maps division -- giving the ridesharing service a leg up as it seeks to lessen its dependence on mapping products from Apple and potential rival Google -- in a deal that will see Microsoft end its own in-house mapping data efforts.

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Apple now labeling map data collection vehicles in the US, UK

06/24/2015, 09:06 am

Weeks after officially confirming the existence of a real-world data collection effort designed to bolster its mapping service, Apple has updated its fleet of sensor-loaded minivans with branding that makes them more clearly identifiable.

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Apple adds Maps Flyover support for 7 cities in Spain, Germany, UK and Puerto Rico

06/23/2015, 10:06 pm

As part of a feature buildout to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Tuesday added seven international locales to its list of cities supporting Maps 3D Flyover.

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This week on AppleInsider: WWDC blowout, antitrust investigations, mystery vans & more

06/13/2015, 08:06 am

The lion's share of the week's Apple news occurred during Monday's WWDC 2015 keynote, when the company unveiled OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and Apple Music. The rest of the week was not uneventful however, with word of antitrust investigations and the real story behind Apple's mapping vans.

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iOS 9 Maps provides en route traffic avoidance, voice and banner warnings

06/10/2015, 05:06 pm

Drivers using Apple Maps in iOS 9 will have the benefit of explicit traffic and construction warnings, including voice turn-by-turn suggestions for alternate routes, according to information shared with AppleInsider.

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Apple confirms vans are for mapping data, reveals future locations they will be driving

06/10/2015, 07:06 am

Apple has officially brought to an end the speculation surrounding its formerly secretive mapping vans, revealing that the vehicles are collecting data for future Apple Maps updates, and also emphasizing both privacy and transparency with a list of upcoming driving locations.

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Inside iOS 9: Apple Maps gains transit directions for buses, trains, subways, more

06/09/2015, 02:06 pm

For years, the biggest omission in Apple Maps has been the lack of transit directions. But that's set to change with this year's iOS 9 update, which includes built-in support for buses, subways, trains, and more in select major cities.

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Apple unveils transit data for Maps in iOS 9

06/08/2015, 02:06 pm

As expected, Apple announced transit directions integration are coming to the Maps app in iOS 9, featuring multi-modal routing, rail line information and Siri integration, among other functions.

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Job listing reveals Apple Maps will become available cross-platform via the Web

06/03/2015, 08:06 am

While Apple Maps is currently restricted to dedicated apps on iOS and OS X, that will change, as a new job listing from Apple reveals the company plans to make its mapping service available cross-platform on the Web.

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Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peek at what's in store for Maps in iOS 9

05/23/2015, 02:05 pm

Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from a seemingly unlikely source: China.

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Apple bolsters Maps with more business listings data providers

05/22/2015, 11:05 pm

As part of ongoing upgrades to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Friday added a handful of entries to its rolling list of providers that supply the company with maps data, business listings and satellite imagery.

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Apple re-ups digital maps pact with TomTom

05/19/2015, 11:05 am

Apple will continue to work with TomTom on mapping data, the Dutch firm revealed on Tuesday, extending one of the oldest and most important partnerships in Apple's expanding navigation and mapping efforts.

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How Coherent Navigation can help Apple with location technology and talent

05/18/2015, 02:05 pm

Apple's recent acquisition of Coherent Navigation, a California firm that worked on high-precision satellite navigation projects for the likes of the U.S. Navy, might at first seem a bit outside of the iPhone maker's wheelhouse. But a closer look reveals what could, in fact, be an excellent match.

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Apple acquires high-accuracy GPS technology firm Coherent Navigation

05/17/2015, 02:05 pm

In the midst of a major overhaul for its Maps service, Apple seems to have made another under-the-radar acquisition as the company apparently snapped up Coherent Navigation, makers of high-accuracy GPS devices and software.

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