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Apple is planning to improve its maps service by providing real-time information
Apple is planning to improve its maps service by providing real-time road information
The new service allows users to send alerts about road conditions in real-time
Plans Apple to improve service (VAM) and by adding a feature trends and traffic supported by the information in which it operates users to share their own, which is known manner, “the crowd mass” croud-sourcing, and according to what was uncovered by a patent submitted by the company to the Office of Patent U.S..
Apple had launched its maps service for the first time with the iOS 6 system for the iPhone and iPad devices, but the service received much criticism by users because of the weakness of the available information and satellite images distorted a part thereof, and vulnerable precision navigation service. Although Apple has worked over the past months to improve the service but they are still considered deficient in front of the Google Maps service competition.
And found that the patent filed by Apple process that will allow users to find information on mobility and trends to certain sites, will also allow users to contribute by adding real-time information about the status of the road in case of congestion or accidents. The new service to collect this information and re-broadcast to other users.
Stated in the text of the patent that the contributions of users that are added in real time allows sending alerts faster and more accurate about the state of the road.
And showed a series of pictures that came with the patent that the user is able to determine the point of beginning and end of his journey with the help of a drop-down list from which can identify a range of options are important to him, such as roads and hasty or those that enjoy the natural scenes, and road maintenance-free. The application will display a set of tracks available on the options selected by the user, who can through his move to its destination send alerts from a range of categories available such as traffic congestion or disruption in the power supply or the presence of demonstrations or protests and things that might impede traffic. And these alerts will be installed on a map so that other users can see and avoid.
Upon arrival to the destination user can evaluate the path taken by using a rating system allows him to choose the quality of the path that the map proposing.
It is noteworthy that Google had acquired last month on the Waze application that provides similar capabilities, in what is believed to be a step from Google to add features to its maps application.
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