One of the biggest shortcomings of Apple Maps has to be the fact that it doesn’t display public transit data. Apple knows that too, and its actively recruiting engineers to fix this.
Apple opted to replace Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own home-grown Apple Maps application. The app wasn’t off to a good start, it had more than its fair share of problems from the get go, some even believe that the Maps debacle cost ex-Apple SVP Scott Forstall his job. As Google Maps was replaced, users obviously had complaints that the new Maps app didn’t offer information about public transit. The lack of such information is a cause of nuisance particularly for those users who rely on public transit for their daily commute.
Apple’s website now lists two new job openings for software engineers who will join its “Transit Routing” team and work on “one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps.” It doesn’t get any clearer than this, public transit data is definitely going to come to Maps, but only when Apple decides its time to roll it out. The software engineers will work on improving the transit routing platform at a massive scale, the job listing says, and that they will be responsible for resolving complex issues and implementing new features.
This isn’t the only move Apple has made to build up the transit feature. Recently it acquired HopStop and Embark, two small companies that have a solid background in transit data.