Apple Maps’ Mobility Data Reveals The Impact of COVID-19 on Cities, Countries, and Regions

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During the ongoing pandemic across the world, smartphones are playing an important role in analyzing and slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Recently, we have seen that Google and Apple are working together to bring a new contact tracing tool which will be functional in some regions from the next month. 

And now, Apple has released a new tool on Apple Maps called the Mobility Trends tool. The data collected from this tool reveals any changes in the number of people driving, walking, or taking public transit in 63 countries or regions.

Apple reveals that this new tool has been made keeping the user’s privacy in mind. The data collected by this tool doesn’t associate with any Apple ID. Also, it doesn’t store any history of where a user has been. Apple briefly explained how it collects and utilizes data from its Maps app.

“The information is generated by counting the number of requests made 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 transit around the world. Data availability in a particular city, country, or region is subject to a number of factors, including minimum thresholds for direction requests made per day,” the company wrote. 

If you now visit Apple’s website, you will see the new Apple Maps Mobility Trends report. Typing in certain countries, regions, or cities (“such as Italy or New York City” suggests Apple) will show you how people in that area have changed how they get around during the COVID-19 crisis. 

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