Apple Maps vans photographing Hong Kong streets for "Look Around" expansion

in General Discussion edited May 2021
Apple is expanding its Apple Maps Look Around feature to Hong Kong, with camera vans reportedly beginning to be sent out into the region's streets.

Hong Kong is to gain Look Around in Apple Maps
Hong Kong is to gain Look Around in Apple Maps

Following recent sitings of Apple's imaging vehicles in countries such as New Zealand, a new report says that they are to be driven around Hong Kong as of May 10, 2021. They're specifically taking images for the Apple Maps Look Around feature, its equivalent of Google's Street View.

According to the South China Morning Post, Apple has said that to ensure privacy, all data collected will be stored locally. Then, presumably before being included in Apple Maps worldwide, the company will blur all faces and car number plates.

Apple now also maintains a fill schedule of where its vans will be in Hong Kong -- and anywhere else in the world. Currently, the official schedule details regions to be photographed from May to July, 2021.

Photography for Look Around in Hong Kong has begun almost a year after the region gained local transit directions in Apple Maps.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    bvvdbbvvdb Posts: 1member
    There are also sightings of mapping/photo cars in Middelburg (Zeeland, the Netherlands)
  • Reply 2 of 6
    mr lizardmr lizard Posts: 352member
    Now we can see the authorities cracking down on protesters without leaving the Maps app. 
  • Reply 3 of 6
    mercivicmercivic Posts: 20member
    Also have sightings of the Apple Maps cars in France!
  • Reply 4 of 6
    mercivicmercivic Posts: 20member
    Also have sightings of the Apple Maps vehicles in France.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 12,208member
    My city has two pro sports teams and we don’t even have Look Around yet. Disappointed with the speed of this rollout.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,610member
    Speed and Apple maps feature expansion is not compatible.
    you have to remember Apple is a very poor company, beleaguered even,  and does not have the resources to seriously invest in mapping or voice assistants.
    edited May 2021 muthuk_vanalingam
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