Apple mystery van spotted in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

A MacDailyNews reader has spotted another Apple mystery van, with the telltale GPS and camera contraption atop, in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the The Island of Hawai’i (Big Island).

This same setup has now been seen and photographed in the following areas: New York City, San Francisco, San Diego, and Florida, among others. We continue to believe that these are mapping vehicles currently collecting data for an Apple Maps feature TBA.

The photos:

Apple mystery van in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Apple mystery van in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

 

Apple mystery van in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Apple mystery van in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

 

Apple mystery van in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Apple mystery van in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Related articles:
Video reveals close-up look of Apple’s mystery van project – February 17, 2015
Apple mystery van spotted in San Diego – February 10, 2015
Apple testing mysterious camera-equipped vehicles – February 4, 2015
U.S. patent application reveals Apple is working on ‘Street View’ mapping technology – April 4, 2013

24 Comments

        1. Uh, yeah! That’s the ticket! I can sell it to you, my friend, for the very special price of $400,000 per Kg. Cash only, unmarked bills. It’s going for cheap because it’s slightly used. Potency guaranteed. Send my your shipping address. 😉

          1. The MacDailyNews reader was not specified. Was he/she coincidentally on vacation in Hawaii, or deliberately deployed there on a fact-finding mission by a shadowy organisation? How many spotters, and spies, does MDN actually command? Is MDN in fact not a mere aggregator of Apple news and rumours but a generator of them as well?

  1. I know Apple is working with TomTom as its maps provider. I saw a TomTom vehicle on an access road in south Austin. Why would they want redundancy with this van when TomTom is already the provider?

    1. Updates and verifications maybe?

      Here’s TomTom’s response to iPhoneInCanada regarding similar vehicles three years ago:

      “The vans are taking 360° shots around themselves so we can confirm street/road signs, road markings (such as lanes), and the geometry of the roads. This is used for internal purposes only and is not accessible to the public.”

    1. Apple has always played the mystery violin. It is the most effective part of their “stealth” public relations — remain mum, and unfettered speculation spawns unlimited web traffic fuelled by ad revenues. Some people have speculated that Apple plant rumours themselves, to keep their name in the news, but this is clearly unnecessary. The media themselves function as Apple PR.

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