Of course, other data may apply to other regions in Germany. Basically, the system works just like the competition. The position and direction of view on the map can be determined using small binoculars. The map is moved under the binoculars and snaps into a valid “look-around position”. The respective scene is then displayed in a small preview window.
Apple unlocks Look Around for all of Germany
Apple initially only started in Germany with Munich. Other cities soon followed.
Many areas have been covered. But not too rural areas. Also – in contrast to the “riot” when Google Streetview was introduced – no houses were pixelated. Faces and license plates, on the other hand, do.
Those who would like to visit the North Sea islands virtually will still be disappointed with Look Around, Helgoland, Föhr, but also Sylt are not (yet) included.
Update: Apple released a few more additions in the evening. In Germany, the service is called “Look Around”:
Maps features Look Around, which offers interactive street-level imagery with high-resolution 3D photography and a fluid and smooth rendering of major cities. While the “Look Around” function was only available in Munich at the start, customers can now navigate through places and cities throughout Germany from all over the world. The Apple Maps team has worked very closely with the relevant data protection authorities to ensure all privacy policies and protocols are followed. This includes redacting all personally identifiable information. Individuals with questions or concerns can visit maps.apple.com/imagecollection/uk for more information.
Maps and Privacy
Apple takes the protection of personal data seriously and data protection is also a priority in Maps. Maps does not require a login and is in no way linked to an Apple ID. Personalized features, such as suggesting the departure time for the next appointment, are created using on-device intelligence. All data that Maps collects while using the app, such as search terms, navigation routes and traffic information, is associated with random identifiers that are constantly reset to ensure the safest, best possible experience and to improve Maps. Maps goes even further to hide the location of users on Apple servers when it searches for a location using a process called “fuzzing.” Maps converts the precise location to a less precise location in a 24-hour search and does not store a search history or user location history.
Thanks to @dnopen for the tip.
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