Apple is Joining UAS Integration Pilot Program to Collect Aerial Imagery and Improve Apple Maps

Apple will soon be working with the state of North Carolina under the Trump administration’s UAS Integration Pilot Program to operate drones for aerial imaging purposes in order to improve Apple Maps, according to a report by Engadget.​​​

As we reported last week, the Department of Transportation added new territories and companies to the steadily growing set of entities authorized to test unmanned aerial systems and vehicles across the nation. These test projects, ranging from food delivery to mosquito detection, are intended to broaden the scope of drone integration in the U.S. and prepare for the seemingly inevitable reality of substantial UAV traffic in our skies. For Apple, these loosened restrictions mean more data collection in order to improve the Apple Maps application …

The Drive | May 15, 2018

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