Apple is Hiring Global 'Maps Ground Truth' Managers

Posted March 27, 2013 at 8:14pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5729 views

Apple is now hiring global 'Maps Ground Truth' managers in an effort to improve its iOS Maps data.

Ground Truth refers to information collected on location and the company is looking for managers that will oversee the U.S., Western Europe, Japan, APAC, Eastern Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East and Africa.

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The Maps team is searching for a manager for the team responsible for regional map quality and ground truth in the U.S.. Each of our regional teams is responsible for the quality of our maps in their region. This team's responsibilities include:

• Testing new releases of map code and data around the U.S.
• Collecting ground truth data to allow for analysis of the impact of potential map code or data changes relative to known truth
• Utilizing local expertise to provide feedback about U.S.-specific mapping details
• Evaluating competing products in-region relative to our maps

As the manager of this team, you will be expected to drive all of this team's work, determine where and how to allocate resources, and clearly communicate test results and other feedback to teams in Cupertino. The U.S. regional team is also responsible for driving communication between engineering teams in Cupertino and our other regional teams, as well as evaluating new regional testing initiatives in close coordination with the rest of the Maps quality team before those initiatives are rolled out to the other regional teams.
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Apple has made numerous improvements to Maps over the past few months. Some of those improvements are detailed here.

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iProService - March 28, 2013 at 2:28am
We are greatly looking forward to seeing an improvement with Apple Maps. Seems to be improving however well behind Google. Addresses seem to be a bit more accurate however too many pin locations which are used for driving directions do not match the address, which for businesses, results in loss of revenue. Additionally when an update for a business is made on Google Maps, such as moving location, changing hours, etc, it is reflected on their maps within 24 hours, meanwhile on Apple Maps, it takes months, around 3 to 6 months in fact.
Mi2 - March 28, 2013 at 12:04am
Copying google is called innovation.
Glasmo - March 27, 2013 at 10:09pm
They're just doing this now? I assumed they did this right after the negative iOS 6 uproar. So I guess we're still a ways off seeing the effects of the new mind meld.
Dyllon - March 27, 2013 at 8:28pm
This is a really good thing for Apple maps. I can see Apple maps becoming the industry standard in the next 3 to 6 months
Suresure - March 27, 2013 at 9:33pm
While I have qualms with apple maps and its reliability, I have to disagree. It took google maps a couple years and millions of man hours to get it where it is today. I think at least another year before its competitive to google maps.
Dyllon - March 27, 2013 at 10:49pm
I'm not quite sure yet, I never really noticed in a Crusie of Apple maps ever to be honest everywhere I went it was perfect looked great apples actually hiring a certain amount of people purse state to work on their perspective zones so like 75 people would maintain Michigan same as the other states and Some grouping system like that for the rest of the world. They'll also be heavily reliant on crowd mapping/logs and other methods.
Dyllon - March 27, 2013 at 10:52pm
Whereas Google has mostly only relied on crowd mapping/logs just in the few recent years they've been involved more with the Google car and other forms of imagery I believe Apple is reacting to the situation more strongly and are enacting a better strategy.. Sorry about the grammar fail I have a major headache and I'm trying to be quick
Dyllon - March 27, 2013 at 10:55pm
But I'd Bump that team number per area estimate up to around 100 to 230 But it's Apple they don't always do it the way I do it a lot of the times of start doing something good and screw The details all to hell
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