Apple’s iOS 6 3D Flyovers: More helpful, less creepy than Google Street View

“Apple is incorporating advanced 3D imaging to bring a variety of new features to iOS users, from building outlines to topographical terrain to fully rendered 3D models that not only replace Google’s StreetView, but offer to provide 360 degree views across neighborhoods, behind buildings and even off roads,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“In August 2011, Apple bought C3 Technologies, known for its work in developing 3D images based on aerial or satellite images. By melding building model outlines with photos taken from satellites or low flying aircraft, C3 figured out how to create virtual models without necessarily sending cameras down the street,” Dilger reports. “While StreetView is tailored to discovering what an exact address looks like from the perspective of a passing car, Apple’s Flyover technology can provide both a bird’s eye view of building faces and an interactive, 360 view of panoramas from rooftops or hilltops or virtually any arbitrary, midair vantage point.”

Dilger reports, “Another distinct advantage of Flyover over StreetView is that in StreetView, the user must proceed through panoramic nodes one step at a time. With Flyover, users can hover above a location, viewing the entire street and surrounding streets all at the same time, seeing a continuous representation of an entire path through a given neighborhood. ”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

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  1. Maps are great but I hope Apple doesn’t forget the data behind the map. 99% of the time I use maps I’m searching for something local. It’s going to suck if my search results are inferior to google maps.

    1. I haven’t had it not find anything that google hasn’t. The only time, and I’m sure it will be tweaked, is when you search broadly for food. For instance, if you search for Italian, it might show you results 20 km away (fixed by misspelling the word). Its listings are pretty much the same.

  2. I used to think it would be a loss to not have street view. However after playing with flyover, I find this to be better.

    It gives you much more context and you don’t have to “virtually drive” down the street to catch what it is you are looking for. I suspect that a lot of people will like this instead and forget street view.

    Yes less creepy, and no naked people. Did I say that?

    1. I hate to say it, but I agree. I think Street view is great and I don’t see FlyOver supplanting it. With Street view you get actual true images. But hopefully Apple will improve FlyOver and we can get rid of another Google feature.

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