Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

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in iPhone edited April 2017
Apple in a recent update to Maps activated Traffic data for two Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, though it appears only major metropolitan areas are supported at this time.




Spotted by AppleInsider reader Ram, the latest Apple Maps additions include traffic data for the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as populated areas like Dubai. Traffic support represents Apple's first expansion of Maps services into the Middle East beyond basic street and point of interest data.

In Saudi Arabia, Maps offers traffic data in provinces like Mecca and large cities including Buraydah, Medina, Mecca, Ta'if and more. The UAE boasts similar support with traffic information covering well populated cities Fujairah and Al Ain, as well as limited data for highways across the country.

With traffic data now live, users in the Middle East territories can be alerted to real-time events such as road closures, though turn-by-turn navigation is not yet supported in either nation. It is possible that Apple is planning to roll out the feature soon, as traffic data alone serves little purpose without directional assets.

The recent additions have not yet been posted to Apple's feature availability webpage.

Earlier today it was reported that Apple flipped the switch on Transit directions for Paris, France, offering users access to public transportation options, timetables, station maps and more. Transit debuted for a handful of worldwide locations in 2015 as part of iOS 9.

Apple continues to build out its in-house mapping tool after years of relying on Google's solution, a strategy that ended in 2012. Seeking ways to differentiate its service from the competition, Apple provides high-resolution aerial photos for 3D Flyover views and partners with data providers to power useful navigation features like real-time traffic and transit information.

The company has incorporated traffic data for cities in over 30 countries spanning Asia, Europe, North and South America, and now the Middle East.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Excellent!! Apple will displace Google maps completely off of iOS. Once Samsung displaces Assistant with Bixby, Google will off of the two dominant mobile platforms on the planet. 
  • Reply 2 of 7
    glynhglynh Posts: 132member
    You're joking right?

    Almost every time I have used Apple Maps it has screwed up...not just here in the U.K. but throughout Europe.

    Only yesterday it directed me onto a Stratford housing estate when routing to Halfords. It was close...if I looked in between the gaps in the houses I could see Halfords on the huge retail park but from where Apple Maps directed me I would have to have parked my car, trespassed someone's private property, opened the side gate, run through their back garden and vaulted a high fence on a wall to get somewhere near.

    Activating Google Maps took me back down the same road that Apple Maps had just directed me down to turn right at the bottom and continue along the same road Apple Maps had me turn off a few minutes earlier.

    This is just the latest example. As I said almost every time I use Apple Maps it screws up from incorrect directions to not finding my required destination at all.

    One of the most useless things Apple has ever produced IMHO.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    glynh said:
    You're joking right?

    Almost every time I have used Apple Maps it has screwed up...not just here in the U.K. but throughout Europe.

    Only yesterday it directed me onto a Stratford housing estate when routing to Halfords. It was close...if I looked in between the gaps in the houses I could see Halfords on the huge retail park but from where Apple Maps directed me I would have to have parked my car, trespassed someone's private property, opened the side gate, run through their back garden and vaulted a high fence on a wall to get somewhere near.

    Activating Google Maps took me back down the same road that Apple Maps had just directed me down to turn right at the bottom and continue along the same road Apple Maps had me turn off a few minutes earlier.

    This is just the latest example. As I said almost every time I use Apple Maps it screws up from incorrect directions to not finding my required destination at all.

    One of the most useless things Apple has ever produced IMHO.
    Working fine in Hong Kong! In fact better than google maps.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    volcanvolcan Posts: 1,789member
    Does Apple Maps have rerouting to avoid backed up traffic? If so, how do you invoke it?
  • Reply 5 of 7
    volcan said:
    Does Apple Maps have rerouting to avoid backed up traffic? If so, how do you invoke it?
    Yes.  Apparently, it continually searches for faster routes.  If it finds one, it will notify you and ask if you want to take the faster route.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    volcanvolcan Posts: 1,789member
    volcan said:
    Does Apple Maps have rerouting to avoid backed up traffic? If so, how do you invoke it?
    Yes.  Apparently, it continually searches for faster routes.  If it finds one, it will notify you and ask if you want to take the faster route.
    Well it doesn't work very well. There was some disturbed person threatening to jump off an overpass above the I-110 in LA the other day so Highway Patrol closed the freeway in both directions. It was a parking lot for hours. Try as I  might to convince Siri to not use the freeway for her directions she insisted that I get on the 110 at every opportunity. And when I ignored her she told me to do a U-turn and get on the freeway. I just found my way on the surface streets without guidance until I was almost to my destination and she finally decided that getting on the freeway was no longer the preferred route.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
    glynh said:
    You're joking right?

    Almost every time I have used Apple Maps it has screwed up...not just here in the U.K. but throughout Europe.

    Only yesterday it directed me onto a Stratford housing estate when routing to Halfords. It was close...if I looked in between the gaps in the houses I could see Halfords on the huge retail park but from where Apple Maps directed me I would have to have parked my car, trespassed someone's private property, opened the side gate, run through their back garden and vaulted a high fence on a wall to get somewhere near.

    Activating Google Maps took me back down the same road that Apple Maps had just directed me down to turn right at the bottom and continue along the same road Apple Maps had me turn off a few minutes earlier.

    This is just the latest example. As I said almost every time I use Apple Maps it screws up from incorrect directions to not finding my required destination at all.

    One of the most useless things Apple has ever produced IMHO.
    Blame it on Brexit.  :D
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