Apple launches the journeys of its camera cars in Germany, including Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. In addition, Mannheim, Heilbronn, Augsburg, as well as various counties in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and the Saarland on the schedule will be available starting Monday, as a published online list. Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, as well as five other States will only be executed in the coming year, as Apple confirmed on Monday.

Apple is sending a good 80 vehicles to Germany. By the end of September, the Apple-vehicles are to be in Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate on the road. Places and schedules could be because of the weather situation changed, restricts Apple at the same time. In the coming year, the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-come-Holstein in it.

The data should improve in the first place, the Apple maps in iPhones, and other devices of the group, it said. Apple can pull out from the photos, among other things, information such as names of streets or shops, as well as traffic signs and road guide. The images could come in the future, but also in the new Panorama service Look Around to use – Apple’s competitor to Google Street View.

If you Look Around can move the user to the screen through three-dimensional representations of streets. The function should be in the autumn, initially for a few selected areas such as the environment of San Francisco available.

faces and car license plates are pixelated in to Look Around – as in the case of Google’s Street View automatically. Users can request the deletion of raw data with the figure of persons or houses. This way, the group provides against a possible introduction of a Look Around in Germany and right at the Start of the camera car rides. On the introduction of Look Around in Germany is to be decided at a later time.

Before the Start of the camera in Germany, Apple was riding the Bavarian data protection officer in contact. The data from the vehicles are loaded on Apple servers in the United States.

The vehicles are equipped in addition to photo-cameras, Laser radars, and their environment in 3D scanning. The Lidar-known devices are used in self-driving cars. The vehicles also via GPS to your location. Other data are not collected according to Apple.

Who are suspected to be from the camera of an Apple car have been taken and the image view, or delete wants to leave, may apply to the case of the group, among other things, by E-Mail ( mapsimagecollection@apple.com). Thus it is necessary to specify the location and the approximate time of the shooting. The vehicles to avoid also times where you can assume to get a lot of passers-by in the picture – about Saturday afternoons in the city centre.

The launch of Google’s Street View in the middle of 2010 was overshadowed by the debate on the right to pixelation, not only the faces but also the residential houses. The streets of German cities in the service have, since then, a number of loopholes. Google sent then multiply back up camera car to Germany, took the images, but only to improve the map. The published Street View photos were not refreshed, and there are no plans for it were previously known.

Before Germany, drove Apple’s camera from the car in Europe already roads in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, and Slovenia.

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