Apple May Be Planning Its Own 'Street View' for Maps

Posted April 6, 2013 at 3:36pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10311 views

A recently discovered Apple patent filing details the company's vision for its own version of Google Street View. Entitled, '3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation' the patent explains how physically moving your device could be translated to moving through a virtual street, entering buildings, and even turning at intersections.

Street-level imaging software provides panoramic views from various positions along streets throughout the world. Conventional street-level viewing applications or Web-based street-level viewing services allow a user to rotate within a panoramic "bubble" to view a particular street location from all directions. The user can rotate in the bubble using a navigation control and an input device (e.g., a mouse) or finger. To turn a street corner and enter a another street (e.g., a street intersection), the user has to "jump" to a panoramic "bubble" at the intersection then pan in the bubble to face in the direction of the target street. This can be a tedious experience for a user of a handheld device that needs to navigate streets of a neighborhood quickly.

Apple describes how a user looking at a street-level view of Main and Broadway might navigate the scene.

From this location in the panoramic imagery, the user can move device 100 physically from left to right, or forward or backward. These translations cause one or more onboard motion sensors to generate data that represents the motion, such as acceleration or velocity data. In some implementations, translations forward and backward (e.g., along +/-Z directions) result in movement up or down the virtual Main Street. For example, if the user moves device 100 forward or away from his body (+Z direction) the observer will cross Broadway and enter North Main Street. Likewise, if the user moves device 100 backward or towards his body (-Z direction) the observer will move down South Main Street and away from the intersection.

In another example, if the user moves device 100 to the left (-Y direction), the observer will automatically navigate the corner of South Main Street and East Broadway. If the user moves device 100 to the right (+Y direction), the observer will automatically navigate the corner of South Main Street and West Broadway.

Apple has been hiring 'Ground Truth Managers' that will be responsible over information collected on location for various regions around the globe. However, this is the first hint we've had that Apple might look to directly rival Google's Street View product.

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NoGoodNick - April 8, 2013 at 4:23am
ICrunch. U big retard. I cannot believe what u said. Are u normal u retard putz. Get a regular cell if u have difficulties lol. RETARD
iCrunch - April 7, 2013 at 5:27pm
You think Google started its Maps efforts off in South East Asia??? NO. California, east coast, then starting international locations while covering the rest of the U.S. I'm sure a company in Indonesia, for example, would start off covering its own back yard before branching out internationally from there.
wittybob - April 6, 2013 at 10:45pm
Instead of "3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation", why not call it "Juxtapositional Observation of Buildings and Scenery" (JOBS)?
galang - April 6, 2013 at 7:03pm
But long time for my country, indonesia. pffft...
Insert Name Here - April 6, 2013 at 6:51pm
I'm pretty sure Apple will want this patented too.
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