Apple posts Australian job listing for map data

Macworld Australia Staff
25 February, 2013
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Apple is searching for a ‘Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist’ to aid mapping data in Australia, according to a recent job listing.

The job post follows numerous data issues with Apple’s Maps application, since launching alongside iOS 6 in September last year.

In December the Victoria Police issued a public warning to users of the app after inaccurate information from the software misdirected a number of Australian motorists travelling to Mildura.

The iOS mapping app – which officially replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 – incorrectly placed Mildura in the middle of Sunset National Park, 70km away from the town’s actual location. As a result drivers were left stranded in extreme heat without food or water.

The job listing states the Apple 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.”

The posting, listed on Thursday, requires 38 hours of work per week and is based in Sydney.




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