April 28 morning news, Apple has hinted that they are collecting data for the development of new transport services products “crowd-sourced traffic” for iPhone users, the product plans to launch in the next few years.
Apple recently answered a series of questions including iOS security, user location tracking and others, some clues also could be seen from these answers. Because Apple said: “The company currently collects anonymous traffic data in order to establish a crowd-sourced traffic database.”
Apple said the will provide more advanced traffic navigation services for iPhone users in the coming years. But Apple did not disclose details of the service, and the significance of the product to users.
Apple has not clarified, the specific meaning of the word “Traffic (both can be understood as ‘flow’, but also can be understood as ‘Traffic’) ” – in the end refers to the network data types, such as relates to iPhone and other networking equipment to send and receive the data; or refers to the vehicle traffic.
Apple already has shown the intention that they would develop a map software for their own iPhone, and no longer rely on the data provided by the rival Google. Back in 2009, Apple has applied patents for GPS route planning related, the patent will be used in planning travel routes for users, will take a variety of factors into account including traffic conditions.
2009, Apple has also acquired a competitor of Google Maps mapping service provider Placebase, and in 2010 acquired another online mapping technology company Poly9. Apple began launching IOS 3.2 systems from last year, Apple began to use their own location databases, to provide data for iOS devices such as iPhone’s map software. At the same time to give up the database of Google and location technology provider Skyhook Wireless.