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Apple is launching Maps mobility data to help combat COVID-19

Apple is launching Maps mobility data to help combat COVID-19

Apple’s extremely interesting mobility data shows how public transport use, walking and driving have changed in recent weeks as the pandemic spreads.

Apple has released detailed mobility data from the Maps app, which dramatically shows how public transportation use, walking and driving have changed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

We travel much less

The data show huge reductions in travel in most of the largest countries and cities in the world. In London, people use public transport 89% less often than before, according to data, while in San Francisco public transport trips fell by 84%.

Apple has released this information to provide government and health officials with information that can help them make informed decisions during the pandemic, the company said.

How did you get the data?

Apple says it generated the data based on requests from Apple Maps. The information is aggregated and analyzed to provide a fairly accurate representation of how people’s habits have changed.

«The information is generated by counting the number of requests to Apple Maps for directions. The data sets are then compared to reflect a change in the volume of people driving, walking, or taking public transportation around the world. The availability of data in a particular city, country or region is subject to several factors, including minimum thresholds for daily address requests, «the company said in a statement.

Is the information private?

In accordance with the company’s standard commitment to privacy, Apple claims that this information is anonymous. It does not associate mobility data with a user’s Apple ID and does not keep a history of where a user was.

The data collected by Maps, such as search terms, navigation routes, and traffic information, is associated with random rotary identifiers, which are continuously reset, «so Apple doesn’t have a profile of your movements and searches,» the company said. .

The idea is for you, as a user, to get the information you need while your privacy remains protected.

How is Apple?

The company has also confirmed some of the many measures it is taking and continues to take in response to the pandemic:

  • He obtained and donated over 20 million face masks for doctors.
  • Apple delivers over 1 million masks every week.
  • He helped Stanford Medicine create a new symptom screening app for first responders.
  • Siri Audio summaries for COVID-19 provide the latest pandemic news and information through short podcasts from trusted news providers.
  • Siri can guide you through a symptom checker.
  • Apple Maps prioritizes medical, food delivery, and grocery services.
  • Apple has put together a collection of telehealth apps on the App Store.
  • It also offered a lot of content and services to adapt to distance learning and virtual learning.
  • The company has made COVID-19 resources available to keep people informed and help them take care of themselves.
  • Of course, he collaborated with Google on a new form of contact tracking.
  • He also performs an online benefit concert with Lady Gaga.
  • And the company has taken many additional steps beyond them.

You can explore the recently launched Apple Mobility Trends tools here.