APPLE HAS CONFIRMED that it's working on a mapping service to rival Google Street View, and that a fleet of cars will be sent out across the UK this month.
The company revealed that the 'Apple Maps vehicles' will operate between 15 and 30 June, and others will begin capturing images in parts of Ireland and the US.
In the UK, Apple Maps vehicles will first crop up in locations including London, Dublin and Birmingham, as well as areas in Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey.
Apple said in a vague statement on its website that the collected data will be used to improve its Apple Maps application, and that a new version will arrive alongside iOS 9 later this year.
"Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates," the firm said.
"For example, we will blur faces and licence plates on collected images prior to publication. If you have comments or questions about this process, please contact us."
News of Apple's Street View rival comes just days after its Worldwide Developers Conference at which the company also reaffirmed its commitment to protecting the privacy of iOS and OS X users.
Speaking about new Proactive Siri, for example, which will offer iOS 9 users context-based suggestions and will be able to answer more natural-sounding questions, Apple said that it is all done privately and securely.
Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, said: "All of this is done on the device, and it stays on the device under your control." µ
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