Apple has confirmed that employees are taking in the sights of California on foot in order to gather data for the Maps app. Featured stories Best Black Friday 2018 deals: Business Bargain Hunter’s top picks Marijuana means business: Everything you need to know about the cannabis industry Best Black Friday 2018 smartphone deals: OnePlus 6T, LG G7, and more You can build a Hackintosh for cheaper than a Mac mini, but it’s so not the same Individuals were first spotted wearing backpacks sporting “Apple Maps, maps.apple.com” and laden with what appeared to be cameras and sensor equipment in October. The Apple employees were tracked in San Francisco, and now the iPad and iPhone maker has confirmed that you will now see more of the same across Alameda, Los Angeles, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz. According to Apple’s website, pedestrian teams will operate in these counties, but it is not known whether there are plans to expand the data-gathering exercises to other areas. Both Apple and Google make use of vehicles in the quest to collect data on roads and landmarks in order to improve their respective map services. However, having access to a mobile map — whether or not you favor iOS or Android — is often useful when you are on foot or riding a bicycle. This in itself can be a problem as cars cannot access all of the areas pedestrians can, and poor directions can lead to users becoming lost, frustrated with the apps in… [Read full story]
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