Apple gearing up to build its own personal navigation tools?

Apple Online Store“Apple this week put out a call for a number of new software engineers for its iOS development team, indicating it wants candidates that have experience developing navigation software,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“Apple seeks job candidates with “valuable knowledge” related to the development of navigation software, as well as ‘deep knowledge of Computational Geometry or Graph Theory,'” Hughes reports. “Candidates are required to have at least 3 years’ experience of developing ‘high quality, robust software systems.'”

Hughes reports, “The hires, and the mention of navigation software, could signal that Apple is gearing up to build its own personal navigation tools into the iOS mobile operating system… A cloud-based navigation solution could also be a major use for Apple’s new massive data center in North Carolina. Another job listing posted this week for an iOS software engineer notes that it looking for an employee to manage and automate ‘distributed image processing on a server cluster.'”

Much more in the full article here.

8 Comments

  1. Cloud based navigation presumes connectivity with the cloud. Marginal in a lot of places where navigation is needed. How about a robust Apple take on Streets and Trips, with onboard maps, no connection needed? With in-built GPS on iPhones and iPads, the atlas is history.

  2. I don’t think Apple will get into the automobile navigation business. There are plenty of good navigation companies out there writing good apps. I think Apple might be looking for expertise for their mobile advertising. That is where the money is going to be.

  3. @ Buffalo–

    Actually, Google has self driving cars.

    They are able to recognize objects in the road, traffic signals, pedestrians, etc.

    I work at a Mercedes-Benz dealership, and we recently made a deal with a Google engineer that works with these vehicles.

    They are not unmanned vehicles, just in case there is an unforeseen emergency, but the vehicles do drive themselves.

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