A new job posting on Apple’s website reveals that the company is looking for a ‘Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist’ in Australia to improve its Maps application.
Back in September, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook had apologized for the Maps app that came bundled with iOS 6 and had promised that the company was working hard to make Maps better.
Here’s a quick look at the job posting:
Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there’s no telling what you could accomplish.
• Excellent attention to detail
• QA experience
• Familiarity with evaluating map quality
• Detailed knowledge of the unique features of your local area, including preferred driving routes, landmarks, and road names
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
• Strong written and spoken English skills
The Maps team is looking for people with knowledge of mapping, great testing skills, and local expertise to help us build better and better maps. In this position, you will be responsible for the quality of map data for your region. You will test changes to map data, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products.
As MacRumors points out, Ground Truth refers to information collected on location versus data collected remotely, such as satellite imagery.
Last December, police in Australia had issued a warning against the use of iOS 6 Maps after several motorists, who relied on Apple’s Maps app were stranded in inhospitable locations, nearly 70 km (43.5 miles) away from their actual destination, due to incorrect labelling of locations. Apple eventually fixed that issue.
In addition to the ‘Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist’ in Australia, Apple’s corporate job listings also reveals that Apple is looking for several engineers, a Customer Feedback Manager and a QA manager to improve the Maps application.
Apple hasn’t released a software update for the Maps app since iOS 6 was released, but the company has been slowly improving its mapping data. I expect the company to release Maps 2.0 with major improvements in iOS 7, which will most likely be previewed at WorldWide Developer Conference 2013 in June and released to the public in August or September.