Apple has expanded its postings for Map Ground Truth employment to the rest of the world. The company was initially only hiring for the position in Australia. “Ground Truth” refers to working with information collected on location versus data collected remotely, such as by satellite.
The position involves managing the team responsible for regional map quality and ground truth in the U.S. Regional teams are responsible for the quality of Apple’s maps in that region.
U.S. team 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 Apple’s maps
The manager will be expected to drive the team’s work, allocate resources, and communicate test results and feedback to teams in Cupertino.
Apple has been working to improve its mapping service ever since its initial effort in iOS 6 was harshly greeted by the public after numerous errors came to light.