Apple will reportedly be a part of the pilot programme that will allow them to operate drones in ways that would otherwise be restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States, according to Reuters.
According to reports, the U.S. Department of Transport has select 10 states or local government bodies for inclusion in the program today. Every state or body has partnered with companies that will play a role in the tests. As many as 200 companies were aiming to be a part of the tests.
Apple’s Motive behind wanting to be a part of such projects was reflected back in December 2016 by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. He reported that “Apple planned to use drones to improve Apple Maps.”
On the @Reuters wire now – Apple is a partner in North Carolina’s drone testing pilot and plans to use drones to capture aerial images to improve Apple Maps. Apple will blur things like faces and license plate numbers to protect people’s privacy, the comapny says. pic.twitter.com/nWmEpZTt2g
— Stephen Nellis (@StephenNellis) May 9, 2018
It appears Apple will now be using drones to capture aerial images to improve Apple Maps in partnership with North Carolina’s Department of Transportation.