Apple is reportedly deploying a new vehicle, the Subaru Impreza hatchback, to its fleet of vehicles driving the world to collect first-party Maps data.
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Marked white Imprezas have been seen around Los Angeles, according to Business Insider. Although the cars are smaller, they’re also distinguished by a new, extremely tall sensor rig, presumably housing standard equipment such as cameras and LIDAR.
Apple finally revealed that its vehicles were being used to create first-party maps in June. The company’s Maps app started out with data from Google Maps, but ditched Google content in 2012 for a hodge-podge of sources including TomTom. Apple has frequently been criticized for missing or displaying inaccurate information, though complaints have diminished considerably in the past six years.
As a part of its improvements, the company is hoping to be faster to cope with road and construction changes, while also displaying more detail.