Apple’s native Maps and Navigation app will get new features to make driving safer and enable more accurate pedestrian navigation.
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Apple’s. InAt the developer conference Monday, the company announced that its Maps app is getting a fresh coat of paint with iOS 15 and new AR features that make the native navigation app more competitive with Google’s offering.
Apple Maps has the original map itself, which now includes richer elevation data, more street colors, richer labels and 3D landmarks – San Francisco’s Coit Tower, Ferry Building and Golden Gate Bridge on display during the WWDC 21 presentation . At night, the 3D buildings on the map show a glow of moonlight which doesn’t add much function, but looks really cool.
When it comes time to hit the road, users will get a closer look at more detailed streets with lane markers, special lanes – such as turn lanes, bike lanes and bus/taxi lanes – crosswalks and more. Highway and road data is also presented in 3D, so you’ll be able to view complex overpasses and overlapping interchanges in three dimensions as you drive. It also appears that Apple Maps runs smoothly, in order to better take advantage of Apple’s higher frame-rate devices.
Not just for appearances, Apple believes more detailed map data could give drivers an earlier idea of which lane they’ll need to be in, which could improve safety and traffic.
Outside of the car, Apple Maps is also adding new features that make walking and public transportation even easier. Users will be able to pin nearby public transit stop and station information on their iPhone and Apple Watch devices, and receive automatic updates and notifications as they ride and arrive at their stops.
On foot, a new augmented reality feature allows users to scan nearby buildings in the area with the iPhone’s camera to determine their exact position for more accurate walking directions, which are also presented in augmented reality. are done. The new feature is similar in function and form to the Google Maps Live View AR feature that Google began public testing in 2019 and is still in development today.
The new AR mapping and navigation features are coming to iOS devices with the launch of iOS 15, which is likely to happen in September. Rich 3D map data will be added tolater this year.