Apple plans to overtake Google Street View with outdoor 3D panoramas

4 Apr 2013

Apple is working on its own Street View-like mapping feature that merges position tracking with 3D panoramas.

According to CNET, the technology giant has filed a patent entitled 3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation.

The feature would display a panoramic image of a location on a device, allowing the user to virtually move around the location, rather than tapping on direction arrows as you have to in Google Street View.

As well as being able to enter buildings or go through intersections, the feature will allow businesses to add their information where relevant.

The system will allow users to move around using the accelerometers on their smartphones or tablets and the view can be enlarged by lining two tablets or phones side by side.

Let’s hope for Apple’s sake that when this technology finally arrives it actually works, unlike Apple’s mapping software that arrived with iOS 6 last year and was riddled with navigational errors.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years