Apple's Maps said to get help from fleet of drones

A customer uses the map app on an Apple Watch smartwatch.
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Updates to Apple's Maps data are being fast tracked, thanks in part to drones, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

The drones will examine street signs and monitor areas under construction, enabling Apple to update its maps more quickly, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Alan Levin reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple will also add new features that improve car navigation and show the inside of buildings, according to Bloomberg.

Apple's Tim Cook was forced to apologize for Apple's Maps function in 2012 when its rollout included glitches and failed to live up to rival Google. Since then, Apple has focused more intensely on its software and services division for mobile users, and is said to be working on software that may one day be used in autonomous vehicles.

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