Apple will send its camera vehicles for the first time on the streets of German cities next Monday. A good 80 cars should take pictures for the map service of the company by mid-September. As Apple announced, the data should primarily improve the map material. The images could also be used in the future in the new panoramic service Look Around, Apple's competing offer to Google Street View, which went online in 2010 in Germany.
On a website Apple informs about in which areas the vehicles will be on the way. Amongst other things, the company can obtain information about the traffic signs and the street routing as well as the names of streets or shops from the photos of the vehicles. The vehicles are also equipped with laser radars that scan their surroundings in 3D, and record their location via GPS. Other data is not collected according to Apple.
Faces and license plates are automatically pixelated in Look Around, as well as in Google's Street View. According to Apple, the software for the first look-around material from the area around San Francisco came to an almost 100 percent hit rate. Users can also request the deletion of raw data by depicting people or houses.
The camera trucks have already traveled in Europe in roads in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and Slovenia.