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

From June 1 to August 16, Apple’s mapping vehicles will tour mainland France. Four years after California, France could very quickly benefit from new, more precise maps from Apple, with Look Around, its Google Street View competitor.

The new Apple Plans should soon arrive in France. Already available in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, Germany and Singapore, the new version of Apple’s mapping application, with roads shaped by Apple, should soon be launched on French iPhones and iPads. After having already traveled thousands of kilometers in France, Apple is preparing to launch a new tour. It’s in Nice on Wednesday June 1 that the Apple Maps car is set to begin its final pre-launch tour.

The dates of the passage of the Apple car

City / Region Collection dates
Nice June 1 – June 9
Corsica June 10 – June 14
Toulon June 10 – June 16
Marseilles June 16 – June 21
Montpellier June 21 – June 29
Perpignan June 29 – July 1
Paul June 29 – July 1
Toulouse July 4 – July 8
Bordeaux July 8 – July 14
The rock on yon July 14 – July 15
Poitiers July 15 – July 18
Clermont Ferrand July 18 – July 20
Saint Etienne July 20 – July 25
Lyons 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
reindeer 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 in-house mapping system, a direct result of its break with Google), Apple announced its intention to map the planet itself.

Aware that Apple Maps was not up to its standards, the Californian brand announced that it was going to design its own maps with exclusive services, like Google Maps. She then deployed a fleet of vehicles equipped with cameras and LiDAR to create a map from scratch. A meticulous work, which should offer him a service of a very high quality in the end.

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

In addition to offering much more precise maps, the new Apple Maps brings some functions, such as:

  • A better representation of buildings, thanks to LiDAR which scans the areas where Apple cars pass.
  • Look Around, a service represented by binoculars, which uses the concept of Google Street View. It allows you to see what a place looks like thanks to panoramas.
  • A GPS for bicycles, fruit of Apple’s collection on cycle paths.
  • Better GPS for cars, with speed limits and lane-by-lane navigation.
  • A pedestrian GPS in augmented reality, which allows you to use your iPhone’s camera to receive navigation instructions with arrows.

When will the new Apple 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, for the past few days, some users of the application have had access to some of the new features of the new cards. This is not the case for the author of this article, but his brother does have access to the more precise representation of the buildings (but not to the other novelties). Our colleagues from iGeneration have also noticed that the speed limits on French roads have been appearing on Apple Maps for a few days.

Apple Plans Update
The new card, right, has appeared in some. Look at the details on the Eiffel Tower. // Source: Numerama screenshots

The launch of this latest tour may be related to the new Apple Maps. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple announce the launch of its mapping service on Monday, June 6, at its WWDC conference. If this is not the case, we can assume that the service will be launched at the start of the school year, since the Apple Maps car tour stops on August 16. Anyway, we are gradually approaching the launch of the service. France is one of the last countries in Western Europe without Apple Cards. Finally, note 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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