Roomba creator reportedly looking to sell maps of users' homes

(CNET) -- The creator of the Roomba automated home vacuum system said they are hoping to sell the data their robots collect when they map your house, CNET reports.

Companies that would potentially buy the home layouts include Amazon, Apple and Google, according to iRobot CEO Colin Angle. The floor plans would be used to assist devices like security cameras and smart thermostats in their daily operation.

"There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," CNET reports Angle said.

"We will always ask your permission to even store map data," Angle said. "Right now, iRobot is building maps to enable the Roomba to efficiently and effectively clean your home. In the future, with your permission, this information will enable the smart home and the devices within it to work better. For example, in order for the lights to turn on when you walk into a room, the home must know what lights are in which rooms."

Roombas have been sold since 2002, and they have been mapping homes using a camera and sensors that connected to a wireless "cloud" using app controls since 2015. In March, the robots became compatible with the Amazon Alexa device.

According to CNET, Amazon, Apple and Google could reach a deal with iRobot within the next couple of years.