Apple expanded its data set of mobility trends this week to include hundreds of new cities and regions, allowing researchers to better study the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and public transportation,media outlet AppleInsider reported. Overall, Mobility Trends Reports now covers approximately 800 regions, cities and subregions, including all 50 states of the United States and major metropolitan areas and population centers around the world.
According to Asymco’s Horace Dediu, he closely follows the evolution of the tool, adding about 580 subregions to Apple’s list of supported areas this week. This new category further strengthens Apple’s comprehensive data set, providing users with a top-down global drive, walking and transportation trends.
Mobility Trends Reports, launched in April, illustrates the impact of COVID-19 on regular travel modes by summarizing and mapping Apple’s route requests. The report allows researchers and other interested parties to view monthly changes collected since January 13, 2020 as a baseline for the tool. Most locations provide access to driving routes, while others include walking route requests. Provide transportation data in larger cities and countries.
When it debuted, Apple said the charts “provide useful insights for local governments and health authorities affected by the new coronavirus pandemic” and “can also serve as a basis for new public policies by showing changes in the number of people driving, walking or using public transport in their communities.” Apple notes that all data is anonymous and does not retain “profiles” for users to travel or search.
Mobility Trends Reports is one of many initiatives Apple has taken to help track and mitigate the spread of the virus in this unprecedented era. The company is working with Google to develop a cross-platform exposure notification system that is expected to be available to users soon. Other projects include COVID-19 screening applications, displaying COVID-19 test sites on maps, designing and manufacturing protective masks for medical workers, and donating N95 masks.