Apple has upgraded its Maps app to improve US road navigation with detailed views of roads, buildings and landmarks, along with pedestrian data.

The redesigned Apple Maps, which comes preinstalled on iPhones, is now live in the US. In the following months, the upgrade will be rolled out across Europe.

Apple Internet Software and Services senior vice-president Eddy Cue said: “We set out to create the best and most private maps app on the planet that is reflective of how people explore the world today.

“It is an effort we are deeply invested in and required that we rebuild the map from the ground up to reimagine how Maps enhances people’s lives, from navigating to work or school or planning an important vacation, all with privacy at its core.”

The upgraded Apple Maps comes with multiple new features, including Look Around and Collections. Look Around allows the user to explore a city through 3D high-resolution imagery, while Collections will enable them to compile and share lists of their favourite places.

Users can also access the app to receive real-time traffic information. The service is available in select cities across the world.

Apple Maps allows users to share estimated time of arrival (ETA) data with family, friends or co-workers. The receiver can then track and receive notifications on the journey.

The app also uses on-device Siri intelligence to scan for available information and provide the user with the latest information on upcoming flights.

It has been upgraded with Indoor Maps to enable navigation inside of airports and shopping malls.

Apple has also revamped Siri Natural Language Guidance to offer more natural-sounding travel instructions. This service is available across the US.