Apple said it would blur faces and license plates on collected images prior to publication to protect privacy. The camera-equipped vehicles deployed by Apple will give its Maps app functions similar to Google Inc's Street View.
Street View, launched in 2007, gives users a panoramic imagery of public roads. The service automatically detects and blurs identifiable faces and vehicle number plates.

Apple Inc has added the public transit directions to its Maps. Company's software VP Craig Federighi announced the long-awaited feature, which covers bus, ferry, subway, and train routes, on stage at Apple's WWDC keynote.

In the United States, launch cities will include Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Transit directions will also be available internationally in London, Toronto, and Berlin.

iOS 9 will give Apple Maps users the ability to receive public transit directions, restoring core functionality that Apple's mobile operating system lost when the company replaced Google Maps with its own software in 2012.