February 23, 2013
Apple is looking to hire a software engineer to add to its Maps team in Australia, as indicated in a recently posted listing in its jobs site. This call for a new Maps engineer comes just over a week after Australian authorities again warned of the inaccuracies in Apple's mapping system. The listing specifically points to a Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist position in Apple's headquarters in Sydney, Australia. The position requires adequate performance of the following tasks: "test changes to map data, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products." As noted by MacRumors:
'Ground Truth' refers to information collected on location versus data collected remotely, such as satellite imagery. Wikipedia notes that the "collection of ground-truth data enables calibration of remote-sensing data, and aids in the interpretation and analysis of what is being sensed."Over a week ago, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Country Fire Authority in Victoria had blamed Apple for reportedly dangerous deficiencies in the iDevice maker's mapping system. But it wasn't the first time Australian authorities warned against using Apple's built-in iOS maps. In December last year, police in Mildura alerted motorists not to use Apple’s mapping system lest they run the risk of getting stranded in the Murray Sunset National Park. Fortunately, Apple promptly came up with a fix for the issue. Earlier this month, Apple posted a set of job listings for Maps engineers in its headquarters in Cupertino.