Apple Maps Shows Google Maps How It’s Done with Multiple Lanes Images

Everybody agrees that right now Google Maps is the number one navigation app pretty much because… well… it is.
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But at the same time, there are several worthy alternatives out there, including not only the Google-owned Waze, which helps drivers navigate in crowded cities, but also apps like Here WeGo and Apple Maps.

In the last couple of years, Apple has tried to make its maps service a more advanced replacement for Google Maps, especially as it wanted its customers who use iPhones and Macs to stick with its service and not make the switch to Google.

So Apple Maps has evolved a lot lately, paying much more attention to the small details that really matter.

As it’s the case of Look Around data, for example.

Right now, Google is also the number one company when it comes to street level imagery, as the Google Maps Street View mode has already covered a substantial part of the world. But Apple is investing in a similar approach with Apple Maps’ Look Around, only that the Cupertino-based tech giant does things a little bit differently.

And as you can see in the video here, the Apple Maps car is apparently going on the same route more than once in order to capture multiple lane images. In other words, you can navigate on Look Around from any lane you wish, of course, on roads where multiple lanes are available.

This is something that sets Apple Maps apart from the competition, and from Google Maps, in particular, but on the other hand, it doesn’t necessarily mean Apple still doesn’t have a lot of work to do. And one area where it needs to improve substantially is the coverage that it offers to customers, as the best that Apple Maps currently has to offer is more or less limited to the United States.

Google Maps, on the other hand, is already available in the majority of countries across the world, in many cases with street level imagery offered too. 

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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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