Apple’s mapping application does not have the best reputation. No one will deny that. The new iOS Maps app caught so much attention and negative comments after its announcement during the introduction of iOS 6 that Tim Cook himself issued an apology, and even created a new section on the App Store dedicated to finding map and navigation applications to replace Apple’s own Maps app. Since then, the company has worked diligently to improve the maps, and they have come a long way since last year’s launch. However, there is always room for improvement, and with Google constantly upgrading Google Maps, Apple is still far behind the competition. However, the Cupertino company is looking to hire a new “ground truth” team to ensure consistent quality of the maps.
The new job posting on Apple’s website notes that employees will be responsible for assessing the quality of Apple Maps in their region and reporting all findings back to the company. Below is the complete job listing description.
The Maps team is looking for people with a passion for mapping, great testing skills, and deep regional knowledge to help us build better and better maps. In this position, you will be responsible for the quality assessment of Apple Maps for your region, including both data and map services. You will monitor changes to our maps, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products.
The new listings can be found on Apple’s “Jobs at Apple” page. Are you glad to see Apple constantly working towards improving its Maps application? Do you think the “ground truth” team will be effective? Let us know in the comments section below.