Apple Maps Street View on the way?

Apple Maps Street View on the way?For many, the Apple Maps saga ended when Google Maps returned to the App Store, while jailbroken devices often go a step further – making the latter the default iOS map app.

But Apple ain’t giving up, and a newly discovered patent submission shows the Californians are considering functionality similar to Google Maps’ Street View. To be fair, it actually sounds quite interesting.

With its ‘3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation’ document, Apple addresses what it presumably thinks are several shortcomings with Google Maps.

For starters, instead of jumping around panoramic intersections, Apple proposes to adopt sensor-based navigation, specifically making use of the accelerometer, gyroscope and cameras.

Another feature invites several users to combine devices in order to increase the viewing area. That’d definitely be interesting to see in a tech demo environment, but we can’t see gangs of people joining up for real-life Street View action.

Finally, perhaps most intriguing of all, is the notion of being able to “walk into” a shop, and "selecting an object for purchase”. Virtual shopping, essentially.

Some interesting ideas, for sure, but it remains to be seen if they evolve into something real. Seems like a heck of a lot of work for something that’d presumably be exclusive to iOS devices, where many users prefer tried-and-tested Google Maps.

via: Apple Insider

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2013 at 12:53

The virtual shopping tour is very unlikely beyond a virtual store. Real shops constantly move things around to confuse and, ahem, 'intrigue' customers.

lutin  Apr. 8, 2013 at 15:15

Does google maps street view not already use the gyroscope so that you can move the phone around and it will change the display accordingly?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 8, 2013 at 19:58

The virtual shopping tour is very unlikely beyond a virtual store. Real shops constantly move things around to confuse and, ahem, 'intrigue' customers.
That and implementing it into a maps application would require a massive amount of back-end infrastructure...look how well NFC has caught on, and most new phones have that :p.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2013 at 22:24

The virtual shopping tour is very unlikely beyond a virtual store. Real shops constantly move things around to confuse and, ahem, 'intrigue' customers.
That and implementing it into a maps application would require a massive amount of back-end infrastructure...look how well NFC has caught on, and most new phones have that :p.


Yep. However, I see potential with virtual stores. Gimmicky? You bet; but shoppaholics are weird. I can see the headlines: wander through a virtual Walmarts store on Black Friday... you can pick an avatar, build staff etc.... 3rd Life ™

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 9, 2013 at 00:32

The virtual shopping tour is very unlikely beyond a virtual store. Real shops constantly move things around to confuse and, ahem, 'intrigue' customers.
That and implementing it into a maps application would require a massive amount of back-end infrastructure...look how well NFC has caught on, and most new phones have that :p.


Yep. However, I see potential with virtual stores. Gimmicky? You bet; but shoppaholics are weird. I can see the headlines: wander through a virtual Walmarts store on Black Friday... you can pick an avatar, build staff etc.... 3rd Life ™

I don't doubt it could happen, I doubt that the infrastructure for such a system will exist in anything like the near future.

Smegger  Apr. 9, 2013 at 09:13

Google already has street view inside shops, eg

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=shannon+uk+bath&hl=en&ll=51.386031,-2.359657&spn=0.046226,0.077162&sll=51.386024,-2.359534&layer=c&cid=18403828950413404127&panoid=2bzXTK0DorK_jjHHcketPw&cbp=13,49.79,,0,0&hq=shannon+uk+bath&t=m&z=14&cbll=51.385596,-2.359607

Edit: seems the link only half works due to formatting but click on the shop image in Google Maps to see inside

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