Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 23, Apple’s pedestrian recon team will be operating in the California counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz, the company said on its website. So far the company hasn’t announced plans beyond the state.
Members of the data collections team carry oversized backpacks, sporting the same cameras and sensors found on Apple Maps data collection vehicles. It is believed that Apple is working to improve pedestrian and cycling directions.
Apple currently uses multiple sources for its mapping data, sometimes leading to errors in the data and as a result, the directions offered by the Apple Maps. Apple announced last June its plans to migrate to first-party data.