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Google Maps now offers the ability to navigate using New York City's public transit system. The online map service now has data from New York's Metropolitan Transit Agency, one of the largest, most complicated, and most widely used transportation systems. So you can see one reason why more than 75 other public transit agencies made it in Google Transit first. Apple dropped support for Google’s mapping database in late 2012 and released its in-house Maps app with iOS 6. Looking forward, Cue, Federighi, and Gautier have been leading teams of Apple engineers since Forstall’s departure in order to make amends to the Maps app’s data and interface so it is more reliable. But while the interface for Maps was redesigned last year, Apple’s focus for 2014 is under-the-hood changes.
In addition to the mapping data changes, Apple will add one of the most important mobile features to Maps this year: public transit directions. Transit directions allow a person to use an iPhone to travel from one destination to another via public transportation. Transit directions will be embedded into Maps as both an option in the classic Directions panel and as a new mapping view.
When a user chooses to receive transit directions in the iOS 8 Maps app, a translucent panel slides up from the bottom of the Maps app with a list of different routes, according to the sources briefed on the application. Users will be able to choose to receive transit directions to depart immediately or input a date and time for their travel and receive directions for use at that later time, according to the sources.
Apple’s plans to improve mapping data and add transit functionality are just the pipeline for 2014. No clue, where you live, but map data for Vienna (Austria’s capitol) is compete and utter crap.
From the spelling of his name I do suspect that he is from Czech Republic or eventually Slovakia. It may be mostly accurate in the US but where I live there are some major new State Routes that are still missing and I have used the app to report the omission.
The ability to search by context and the amount of data they are able to pull from is amazing.
I am aware this is an ios forum, but take 5 minutes and watch some Youtube videos to see what I am going on about. I think Apple maps will continue to be useable in the USA, especially for car drivers in California, and the rest of the data will be absolute shite for many years to come. Apple has proven time and time again that they are a great company for developing software and hardware. I also have submitted dozens of corrections to Apple regarding Maps in my area over the last two years (most minor but a couple were rather big mistakes like a road going through a plaza), and like others here, I have not seen a single submitted correction appear in Maps.
It would also be nice if the labels for the streets and locations were large enough to be actually readable on the phone too. When my Mum found out that no matter how much you zoom in, they stay the same tiny, unreadable size (6pt?


Some of you who drive everywhere won’t see the problem of course, but walking, biking, and transit directions are all quintessentially different from car directions and all are much harder to do. Copyright © 2012 Autos Weblog, All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners. Microsoft has begun adding public-transportation directions to its Bing Maps service, with directions available initially in 11 metropolitan areas in North America.
The addition helps the service match a feature available already in Google Maps, Bing Maps' primary rival. And with mobile devices increasing in importance and capability, online maps are becoming useful for navigating while en route, not just in advance. Other mapping apps, like Google Maps and City Mapper, have had public-transit directions for years, but this is the first time that Apple Maps, which the company rolled out disastrously in 2012, has provided directions for buses and subways. For now, Apple's transit directions only work in a handful of cities a€”A Baltimore, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, DC a€” and parts of China.
But if you're in a city that's supported and you use a bus or the subway, Apple Maps might replace Google Maps as the main app you use to get around.
It includes data from buses and subways, the Long Island Rail Road, the Long Island Bus, the Metro-North Railroad, and the MTA Bus Company.
Public-transit options will appear next to driving directions, and public-transit icons for locations such as subway stations will appear on the map, Google said. While the new application added extravagant three-dimensional imagery and a smoother interface, the software was riddled with bugs, unreliable data, and lacked many of the critical mobile mapping features found in the Google Maps app.
Last year with iOS 7, Apple re-architected the app’s interface to fit the bright, translucent style of Jony Ive’s take on mobile operating system design. The new application will also be injected with new points of interests and new labels to make places such as airports, parks, train stations, bus stops, highways, and freeways easier to find, the sources added. Late last year, sources said that Apple had been planning to release transit support in iOS 8, and now the same sources are indicating that the plan is on track to be executed. Each route uses icons to notate the method of transportation (for example, a bus or train). Apple will also allow users to set transit directions as the default method of transportation (as opposed to walking or driving) so that frequent users of public transit can more quickly find directions to their destinations. Apple is also working on unique ways for integrating indoor mapping views and enhanced car integration for future versions of iOS. Since the release of Apple’s Maps App i have submitted misspelled and closed locations over and over again. It really depends what you wanna do with them – I mostly enter adresses to find my way by foot.
Apple has access to millions of onsite people wanting to improve their maps, but they seemingly pay no attention to those millions.
This is why it was so smart for Google to separate their apps from their core OS update schedule. Online mapping is increasing in importance, not just as a way for people to figure out how to get from one place to another, but also as a way for online mapping companies to profit through locally relevant advertising.


And it connects to regional systems, including New Jersey Transit's commuter rail, light rail and bus service, the Staten Island Ferry, and the Port Authority's PATH Rail, AirTrain JFK, and AirTrain Newark.
Scott Forstall, the long time confidant of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was in charge of the Apple mapping effort and was ousted for declining to apologize for the product’s shortcomings.
Sources also say that the mapping application’s cartography design has been tweaked to be slightly cleaner and to make streets more visible. Using data acquired via acquisitions and various partnerships, transit will be deeply integrated into the new maps application. The functionality will exist in major cities, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and will expand to other locations across the United States and potentially other countries across the world around the public launch of iOS 8.
In the viewing options menu, a way to clearly view train stations, airports, and bus stops will be an option alongside the Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite views. The left side of the route choice panels share the departure and arrival times, and the right side notes the travel time.
Sources say that Apple has also begun work on augmented reality functionality that leverages the iPhone’s compass hardware to visually see nearby points of interest. On the countryside I often use the routing as well and to my surprise it hasn’t failed me so far.
That is not a good thing, and until they start paying attention and communicating with the users of their service it will never get truly better.
Here’s hoping that iOS 8 will be an actual updated OS and not just surface level app updates.
Soon after Forstall, iOS engineering executive Richard Williamson was pushed out of Apple for his involvement in the app’s development.
While Apple will now have its own transit functionality, the Maps application will still be able to point users to App Store apps for additional transit-infused software. The transit view is said to split the screen between the routes list and the map so that users can also visually see the provided routes.
Users will also be able to use the standard iOS sharing functionality to email their route or share it via social networks.
Given how long it is taking to get the data up-to-date I’m not sure I will trust it even then. The thing everybody seems to forget is that Google Maps sucked just as bad only two, three years ago (and they are still inaccurate in some places). Apple is likely also working on an updated version of its Maps app for OS X that adds the improved data. Given that most people don’t replace the built-in maps app Apple is going to collect massive amounts of data, which will further improve the service.
In addition to the new mapping software, iOS 8 is planned to include an application called Healthbook to manage user fitness activity and health information.



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