Apple may be looking to add public transit to Maps

Apple may be looking to add public transit to Maps
Since Apple first launched its own Maps app as part of iOS 6 last year, the service has gotten quite a bit better, but it is still reliant on 3rd party apps for things like public transit, but it looks like Apple may be putting that on its list for upgrades. A new job listing is making it look like Apple wants to make public transit directions native to Maps.

The job listing was posted two days ago, and it doesn't really beat around the bush on Apple's intentions. The listing bears the name "Maps C++ Software Engineer – Public Transit", and goes on to mention not just the need for a software engineer for the project, but that the prospective employee would be working on the "Transit Routing Team" to work "on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps."

Of course, given that Apple's app updates can only come as part of a full OS grade, it is likely that users will still have to wait until September 2014 at the earliest before seeing public transit routing added to Maps. 

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19 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

No need to wait until September 2014, because Google Maps and Nokia Maps is HERE.

2. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

*are here. But anyway, I agree. I have an iPhone and there's nothing Apple can do that will make me use Apple maps over Google maps. I've been taken to the wrong location way too many times for me to give them another chance.

8. Sauce unregistered

I don't see anything special about Google Maps. My choice over Apple and Google Maps is Waze. The app is amazing and the police notifications are very handy/convenient.

11. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

It's not that there's anything special about Google Maps, but the fact is I can actually count on it. I know when I type in an address I'll actually end up at the proper location. I've been directed MILES in the wrong direction with Apple maps. I haven't tried Waze I have nothing to contribute - I'm sure it's very nice ;)

12. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I use Waze as well. It has many advantages over Google Maps such as better overall route selection and more detailed traffic information. However, Waze does not offer navigation via public transit. If you take public transit, you need to use a different mapping app.

18. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

*have been here....for years

3. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't innovate my ass!

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

google maps all the way.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Wait... Apple Maps still doesn't have Public Transit? It's cheaper to ride public transportation in Chicago than driving. What a shame.

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

It doesn't have native public transit, but you can hook in 3rd party apps to get directions

13. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Thankfully there's Google Maps to the rescue... though their 7.2 update is a bit laggy and too focused of form over function. Still better than what Apple has put out so far. It would be nice if Nokia would be able to export Nokia Maps to other ecosystems.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I bet that Nokia will put their maps on other platforms too. Since Microsoft only bought their mobile phones department, they still have the maps stuff.

16. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

imagine using apple maps on a Speed bus.....

6. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Why does the piece of art known as 'Crazy Stairs' spring to mind when i hear this?

7. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

now want to ride on a bus to take u to the middle of nowhere apple will have that soon

15. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 51; Member since: May 23, 2013

FYI, apple supposedly bought hopstop app, so what they're probably looking for is a person to integrate the code from that app into maps. It used to be on android but since the apple purchase it's been taken off from the play store. That had me mad cause the app even told you how much the cab fare would be, in addition to driving and public transit directions.

17. wilsong17 unregistered

there google map for that

19. NorCalNokia

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 23, 2013

Nokia HERE for WP8 has had this since since day 1 of Lumia 920 launch,keep innovating apple

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