Google Maps to extend development into Aus

An article run in the AustralianIT newspaper suggests that Google is finally looking to extend its Maps product offering into Australia, after purchasing a local Sydney spatial team Where2 LLC.

The company would not comment on the recruitment drive, but AustralianIT understands Google is looking for 15 graduates to work in the Sydney headquarters of Google Maps, in addition to the 12 software engineers already working there.

Unfortunately i wasn’t able to find any related job postings, but if anyone has seen them drop me a comment. Im sure theres quite a few GIS developers down here that would like the opportunity to shape future features.

As for the new development team in Sydney, I can only assume its related to integrating the local road dataset (PSMA?) and adding some more local content into the mix such as points of interest, traffic information etc. to bring it into line with its competitors such as Yahoo!.

Will be interesting to see how things develop.