How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?

In succession to Google Maps’s Quiet Transformation, a new – and very extensive and highly interesting – comparison by the same author. He start off by taking a look at the level of detail when it comes to buildings.

But these buildings are more than just a pretty detail—they appear to be the foundation for one of Google Maps’s newest features…

The fun part begins when you start combining these building shapes with places (such as restaurants, coffee shops, etc.) to create “Areas of Interest” which represent commercial corridors. These AOIs are coloured differently on a map, allowing you to quickly recognise ‘m by just glancing at the map.

What about Apple Maps?

With “Areas of Interest”, Google has a feature that Apple doesn’t have. But it’s unclear if Apple could add this feature to its map in the near future.

The challenge for Apple is that AOIs aren’t collected—they’re created. And Apple appears to be missing the ingredients to create AOIs at the same quality, coverage, and scale as Google.

And “Areas of Interest” is just one of the things the author covers …

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