How to tell if a mapping company is mature? When it opens a data production unit in India. Today Apple announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps. The company is supposed to hire around 4,000 people.
“Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations.”
Hyderabad is becoming a global map production centre with Google having there 5000 employees, and TomTom additional 1000 via external partners. Also other companies like Uber decided to place there their support centres.
In the meantime the whole mapping industry in India is discussing the governmental project that is suppose to strictly regulate how companies and services represent mapping data in the country.