Google maps is not always right either. There is a small rural town
nearby, and I know it well. The population is around 250 people, and
most of the town is on one street and a few branches of it.
I was looking up a bar&grille building that was for sale, to find out
who owned it. A google map popped up on the webpage. I looked at it, and
even though I had typed in the EXACT address of the building, I was
shown a picture of someone's garage. I know there was no garage next
door. I drove there, and found that garage 5 blocks away. That address
was not even close. (And why did they show the garage, not the house).
It also showed a road, at the end of the street, showing that road going
behind sime homes, and coming out onto a state highway, about a mile
away. That road does NOT exist. It's a private driveway serving 3
trailer houses, and it ends by the 3rd trailer. If someone actually
drove past that 3rd trailer, they would be on a lawn, in some woods,
have to crash thru a fence, and would end up in a creek.
How can google maps screw up so badly in such a small town, which has so
By the way, IF a person did actually make it across that creek, they
would have to drive thru more woods, up a real steep hill, and thru
someone else's yard. If they survived all of that, they would exit that
person's driveway right about the place that google maps showed the
other end of that road.
This might be possible on a horse, but not in any vehicles..... But the
horse would have to jump the fence and not be afraid to cross a creek!
On Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:21:51 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Could be the source of the information too. According to my town, my
house is on two different streets. The original street was one name,
Cleveland St., but the post office made it part of the route for
another section, David Circle, that was built later and gives me that
street address. My next door neighbor is the last house of the
walking route and I'm the first house of the motor route, this the
different street name.
If the town does not know where I live, I don't expect Google or
Navtec to know any better. If I manually enter my address, the GPS
brings me to the house. If I use the "where am I" function it gives
me a third address. .
The way I understand it, Google sends out photographers who take pics of
every building. This bar&grill is well documented, and is one of only 4
businesses in that town. It's located right on "Main St" which is truly
the MAIN street in that town, or actually the ONLY street that actually
goes anywhere, since all the branch streets connected to it are merely
streets going to homes and they all end up back on Main St. or some dead
end. All of the 4 businesses are on Main St.
If google can accurately document an entire big city or 500,000 people,
how can they possibly get this small town so screwed up? Worse yet,
create a road that dont exist, which clearly is on private land, as well
as having a creek which has no bridge.
On 04/27/2016 05:26 PM, Ralph Mowery wrote:
Once, my GPS told me to turn right where there was a pond with an old
fishing pier that looked like it had been there for years.
There are mistakes on maps, including one less than a block from where I
used to live. Strangely, that same mistake (obvious to anyone who lived
there) was on almost all city maps.
A lot of the data traces back to TIGER/Line from the US census:
County or city GIS department edited data is usually more accurate but
they don't tend to share. Developing accurate GIS data is expensive.
Projects like Open Street Map are an attempt to make accurate local
before i go on the road i print out maps
of all the big cities i'm going through to help
me figure out ways through or around them.
and then i make up a plan for each city
and memorize it (make a word/phrase for each
some cities i plan on going through late at
night because i'd rather not deal with rush
About 10-12 years was I going through Nashville. Have to make 3-4
lanes changes to get where I'm going.
Left and right, sometimes 3 lanes. There was construction going on.
About 30 mph. Truck traffic was so heavy you'd never see the signs.
All you could see was the sides and backs of trucks. I don't remember
seeing another car. Just trucks.
Actually had to exit into a city neighborhood when traffic thinned
enough that I could see a sign. I was going the wrong way.
Made for a bad day.
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