The Apple Maps car will travel the roads of France: here and in which cities and when

From June 1 to August 16, Apple’s cartographic vehicles will travel across mainland France. Four years after California, France could benefit very quickly from new and more accurate maps of Apple, with Look Around, its competitor to Google Street View.

Apple’s new plans are expected to arrive in France soon. Now available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, Germany, and Singapore, the new version of Apple’s mapping app, with Apple-shaped roads, should be released soon on French iPhones and iPads. After traveling thousands of miles in France, Apple is preparing to launch a new tour. It is in Nice on Wednesday, June 1 that the Apple Maps car will begin its last pre-launch tour.

Apple Car Pass Dates

City / Region Collection dates
beautiful June 1 – June 9
Corsica June 10 – June 14
Toulon June 10 – June 16
Marseille June 16 – June 21
Montpellier June 21 – June 29
Perpignan June 29 – July 1
Pau June 29 – July 1
Toulouse July 4 – July 8
Bordeaux July 8 – July 14
The rock of you July 14 – July 15
Poitiers July 15 – July 18
Clermont Ferrand July 18 – July 20
Saint Stephen July 20 – July 25
Lyon July 25 – August 1
Lille July 25 – July 28
Paris July 25 – August 3
Metz August 3 – August 5
Nancy August 3 – August 5
Rouens August 5 – August 11
Reims August 5 – August 11
Angers August 8 – August 11
Towers August 8 – August 11
Orleans August 8 – August 11
Dijon August 8 – August 11
rens August 12 – August 16
Le Havre August 12 – August 16
Caen August 12 – August 16
Nantes August 12 – August 16
Strasbourg August 12 – August 16
Mulhouse August 12 – August 16
Grenoble August 12 – August 16

What’s new in the new Apple Maps?

In 2018, six years after the complicated launch of Maps (its internal mapping system, a direct result of its break with Google), Apple announced its intention to map the planet itself.

Aware that Apple Maps did not live up to its standards, the California brand announced that it would design its own maps with exclusive services, such as Google Maps. He then deployed a fleet of vehicles equipped with cameras and LiDAR to create a map from scratch. A meticulous job, which should offer you a very high quality service at the end.

Illustrations of the new Apple Maps, in iOS 15. // Source: Apple

In addition to providing much more accurate maps, the new Apple Maps provides some features, such as:

  • A better representation of the buildings, thanks to the LiDAR that scans the areas where Apple cars pass.
  • Look Around, a service represented by binoculars, which uses the concept of Google Street View. Lets see what a place is like thanks to the panoramic views.
  • A GPS for bicycles, the result of Apple’s collection of bike lanes.
  • Best GPS for cars, with speed limits and lane-by-lane navigation.
  • An augmented reality pedestrian GPS, which allows you to use your iPhone’s camera to receive arrow navigation instructions.

When will Apple’s new plans be available in France?

Officially, Apple says nothing. However, there are several clues that lead us to believe that the deployment of Apple Plans V2 is imminent. First of all, in the last few days, some users of the app have had access to some of the new features of the new cards. This is not the case with the author of this article, but his brother does have access to the most accurate representation of the buildings (but not to the other novelties). Our iGeneration colleagues have also noticed that speed limits on French roads have been appearing on Apple Maps for a few days.

Apple plans update
The new card, well, it has appeared in some. Look at the details of the Eiffel Tower. // Source: Numerama screenshots

The launch of this latest tour may be related to the new Apple Maps. We would not be surprised to see Apple announce the launch of its map service on Monday, June 6 at its WWDC conference. If not, we can assume that the service will be launched at the beginning of the course, as the Apple Maps drive stops on August 16th. In any case, we are slowly approaching the launch of the service. France is one of the last countries in Western Europe without an Apple Card. Finally, keep in mind that, like Google, Apple automatically blurs faces and license plates. Even if the car passes by you, you shouldn’t be able to put on your best face …

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