Apple is one of 10 companies to be approved for a US Department of Transportation project that will allow for the use of drones beyond the current FAA limits. Apple, who will be using drones in South Carolina, has indicated that they will be using drones to capture aerial images for the improvement of Apple Maps.
The announcement yesterday by the DoT also named Microsoft and Intel as two of the other companies that had been approved. In all, 149 companies applied for the project with only 10 selected. Amazon was not selected for the program.
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Apple Maps has quietly rolled out indoor maps for three new international airports, bringing the total number of supported airports to 37. The new airports include Sydney International (SYD), Edinburgh (EDI) and Hamad International in Qatar (DOH). You can find the complete list here on the iOS Feature Availability site.
Indoor mapping of airports and shopping malls is something that Apple Maps has been focusing on over the course of the last several years. While it is fair to say that Google is certainly ahead with Google Maps in this type of indoor mapping, Apple continues to chip away at catching up.
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For those of you who have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, there is a fun update to Apple Maps for you today. The server-side update will now show you all of the detail of the new Apple Park campus which is slated to open up next month. The update shows you the estimated $5 billion “Spaceship” main building but also shows you the walking trails throughout the campus as well as the Steve Jobs Theater, the location where it is expect new Apple product releases will happen.
There is nothing you need to do to your iPhone, iPad or Mac. The update is on the server so just go to Maps and search for Apple Park and you’ll get it right away.
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