Apple’s purchase this week of GPS startup WiFiSLAM is the latest attempt by the company to put some distance between it and the 2012 debacle that was the launch of its own high quality maps feature.The tech giant paid about US$20 million for WiFISLAM, according to published reports.Apple has not made any public statement about how it plans to use WiFiSLAM, but the prospect of indoor GPS services could help the company expand its digital mapping features. The buy could allow Apple to help users find the shortest path to restrooms, sections of department stores or their airport gates in large, difficult-to-navigate buildings.WiFiSLAM’s appeal lies in its ability to accurately gauge the indoor location of users. It’s difficult for many mobile GPS services to pinpoint a person’s location inside a structure because the navigational signals aren’t usually strong enough to read through thick walls or windows. WiFiSLAM says it answers that problem by picking up on wireless signals that are already in use in the building, making it a more efficient guide than other products on the market.Apple did not respond to our request to comment for this story.Apple’s acquisition may help restore some faith in the company’s mapping service.Before… Read full this story
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