Apple hiring ‘ground truth managers’ to make sure iOS Maps match reality

March 29, 2013

Apple has been given a hard time about the accuracy of its Maps app in iOS, and yes, the company deserved it. But at least it looks like Apple is taking more serious steps to address issues by hiring “ground truth managers.”

Most of that Maps data is being improved on the server-side but recently Apple also released iOS 6.1.3 with several improvements to Maps.

The company has posted seven openings on its jobs website for ground truth managers, all in different parts of the world. These managers are basically assigned to oversee regional teams that are focused on collecting and improving map data. The teams test new data in the real world to make sure it is accurate.

Here’s the job description for the U.S.-based ground truth manager:

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.

The job requires a “Bachelor’s degree in any field with CS or Geography/GIS preferred” and a willingness to travel around the United States once or twice every few months.

Openings are available for the U.S., Japan, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, APAC, Americas, and Mideast & Africa.

Copyright 2013, VentureBeat

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