Apple has announced the upcoming survey areas for its Apple Maps vehicle initiative. The company’s sensor burdened “black vans” will be motoring through a total of 27 new locales in the U.S., with an expansion into 13 states come mid-July.
Announced through its Apple Maps vehicles webpage, the new mapping areas to be scanned between July 15 and July 30 are limited to the U.S. The company will be continuing data acquisition in other states, as well as England and Ireland.
The new Apple Maps vehicle locations include:
- Colorado – Denver
- Florida – Escambia County (Pensacola)
- Idaho – Ada County (Boise)
- Indiana – Marion County (Indianapolis)
- Kentucky – Jefferson County (Louisville)
- Maryland – Baltimore
- Minnesota – Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Ramsey County (St. Paul)
- Missisippi – Harrison County (Gulfport)
- New Mexico – Santa Fe
- Ohio – Hamilton County (Cincinnati)
- Oregon – Lane County (Eugene), Marion County (Salem)
- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia
- South Dakota – Pennington County (Rapid City)
- Wyoming – Laramie County (Cheyenne)
Apple is also expanding coverage iin states that are already being surveyed, including: Fresno, Kern County (Bakersfield), San Joaquin County (Stockton), Stanislaus County (Modesto) Monterey, Sacramento and Ventura County (Oxnard) in California; East Baton Rouge Parish (Baton Rouge) in Louisiana; and Bexar County (San Antonio) and Harris County (Houston) in Texas.
While observers had speculated for months about the mysterious vans, and what their true purpose might be, Apple confirmed in June that the vehicles are gathering data for a internal mapping initiative to improve Apple Maps. Due to the equipment mounted on the van, the “initiative” is likely aimed at coming up with a Google Maps Street View competitor.