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Beware of Google Maps

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:38 am

I love Google Maps. But I have found that there are numerous errors. The satallite photos do not lie, but beware that there are not dates of acquisition and two different data gathering time periods can appear next to each other. The road and trail features overdrawn, as well as the names of lakes, have more errors. I am now planning a trip in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming and the "continental divide route" shown on Google maps is absolutely absurd! I have no idea where they got the data from. I think what happens is that some route or trail location gets put out on the internet, nobody verifies it, and that false information is then simply grabbed by others and soon it is thought to be the "truth".

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Re: Beware of Google Maps

Postby rlown » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:32 pm

all maps are suspect.. It's really about where you want to be and how you get there. As you said, the satellite images are the key.

complain to them (google maps). you're probably not alone for accuracy.

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Re: Beware of Google Maps

Postby paul » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:40 pm

I have noticed similar with Google Earth. I tend to ignore anything but the actual photo, as the roads and other features shown are sometimes way off.
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Re: Beware of Google Maps

Postby dave54 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:50 pm

There is something funky with street view.

My 2005 Ford pickup is clearly visible in my driveway. I traded it in Oct 2008. Right next door is my neighbor's 2010 Subaru. The photo date is 2009. Very creative dating. :lol:
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