by Joe White
October 30, 2013
Apple is continuing to work on its Apple Maps software, and is moving towards adding a new "Transit" feature to the applications at some point in the near future. Confirmation of the Cupertino, Calif. company's continued work on such functionality for its Maps apps came recently, when two new job advertisements called for engineers to join the ongoing project. The new job listings, first spotted by MacRumors, advertise for a "Maps Public Transit Engineering Manager" and a "Public Transit Software Engineer." In the posting for the former position, Apple explains: "This is a unique opportunity to join Apple and lead a team of very skilled software engineers in improving the public transit experience in Apple's Maps." Apple's advertisement continues:
In addition to organizing the work for the team and working collaboratively across several engineering groups, efforts also need be spent on expanding the team.As for Apple's Public Transit Software Engineer job advertisement, the company explains:
As a member of the Transit Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps. You will design and implement functionality that will be used by millions of users worldwide. Being part of a small team, you will have an influence on the future product.The feature is expected to provide users with real-time information on public transport, right from within the built-in Maps app. Of course, Apple expanded its Maps app recently, porting a version over to the Mac in OS X Mavericks. Despite initial woes back when Apple Maps first launched, it looks like Cupertino is set to further develop its mapping service, and the aforementioned Transit feature is clearly one area of interest. Besides the above job advertisements, Apple has also purchased a number of transit-oriented companies, such as HopStop and Embark, and is expected to integrate this technology within its future service. It'll definitely be interesting to see how this feature develops. Here's hoping it's on track for iOS 8. See also: First Look: The Next Issue Digital Magazine Service Arrives On iPhone, A7 Chip Takes Center Stage In Apple's Latest iPhone 5s Magazine Ads, and Ashton Kutcher Joins Lenovo, Helps To "Engineer" The iPad-Competing Yoga Tablet.