Apple to send out cars on Dublin streets to improve Maps service
Apple is to send vehicles through the streets of Dublin and Cork in a new bid to boost its Maps service.
The vehicles look set to photograph street features and businesses in an exercise aimed at giving greater detail to users of the mapping service.
Apple has listed the suburbs and local areas in Dublin and Cork that will see the vehicles pass through, here: maps.apple.com/vehicles.
The move is seen by some as an effort to mirror Google's Street View service. However, the company is also aiming the service at small businesses and retailers on streets who want to gain greater exposure for their businesses. The service allows businesses to add or edit basic information on Apple Maps.
Information such as opening hours, website links, reviews and photos of businesses can also be added.
Personal details such as vehicle registrations or faces will be blurred as a default privacy measure.
Apple recently announced a new Music streaming service, which aims to take on rival streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal. The new service will become available from June 30th.
The company also announced an extension of its Apple Pay mobile payments service into Northern Ireland and the UK. It has struck deals with Ulster Bank and a number of retailers, including Spar and Lidl, that will allow the payment system to be used widely