Apple may be in the process of developing a Street View mode for its Maps app if the camera equipped vehicles driving around San Francisco and New York are anything to go by.
A number of minivans registered to Apple have been spotted around the Bay Area of San Francisco and Brooklyn in New York. They are equipped with camera equipment and a LiDAR sensor on the roof. LiDAR technology is often used to make high-resolution maps, indicating that Apple Maps will be upgraded in the near future.
This technology has also been used by car manufacturers in adaptive cruise control (ACC) systems. Siemens and Hella, for example, utilise a lidar device mounted on the front of the vehicle to monitor the distance between the vehicle and any vehicle in front of it. Could this mean that we’ll see an iCar on the road in a few years?
Apple certainly has the resources, but is yet to be granted a permit to test self-driving cars. Looks like we’ll have to make do with new and improved maps for now.