Apple is stepping up its efforts to assist government responses to the coronavirus crisis with a new Apple Maps-based web tool.

The new COVID-19 Mobility Trends Report serves up anonymised data from Apple Maps users in cities around the world. It is designed to showcase the decrease in mobility in those places.

Accessible to anyone, the tool shows walking, driving and public transport graphs similar to those we’ve been seeing on UK TV during the daily government briefings.

Apple’s data shows the drops compared with baseline levels and could help local governments with their responses to the lockdowns as pertains to easing or strengthening restrictions on movements.

Naturally, the tool brings with it some privacy concerns, but Apple is quick to point out that Maps never associates data…

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