Apple is launching a fleet of drones to gather data so it can improve its maps app as it seeks to unseat Google's dominant mapping database.
California-based tech giant has created a team of robotics and data analysis experts to
develop drones that will complement its fleet of vans, which drive the world's street collecting geospatial information. The drones are expected to collect additional data to that currently gathered by its minivans.
company is also developing new mapping features to aid in the navigation of
indoor locations, such as museums and airports.
mapping development effort will draw on the intellectual property and
development talent it acquired from its purchase of the start-up Indoor.io.
Apple has also recently received US government Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) approval to operate a drone fleet with the purpose of