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Police: Google Maps Can Also Deliver Dangerous Directions

By - Source: Yahoo | B 29 comments

Comes after Australian police issue warn about Apple Maps.

After Australian police warned motorists not to rely on Apple Maps, authorities have issued a similar warning pertaining to Google Maps.

Police in Colac, which is a town west of Melbourne, stressed that Google Maps has created "a significant safety issue for tourists [and] locals" within the Great Ocean Road. The service apparently suggests users to drive down a one-way road that hasn't been built for heavy traffic, so says a police sergeant.

Tour buses in particular utilizing Wild Dog Road are in danger of being driven off the road, Sgt. Nick Buenen explained to ABC.

A Google spokesperson, however, stated that Google Maps directs drivers towards Wild Dog Road only if the driver searches for a destination located on said road. For directions to other nearby locations, meanwhile, Google Maps routes drivers onto Forrest-Apollo Bay Road/Skenes Creek Road.

The police warning comes after a warning regarding Apple Maps, which is said to have incorrectly told users that the town of Mildura was located in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, 70 kilometers from its location. A number of motorists were left stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water.

Following widespread speculation regarding its return after it was removed from iOS 6, Google recently launched a standalone Maps app onto the App Store.

 

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    wannabepro , December 14, 2012 2:07 AM
    I wonder if Appl€ paid them to do this.
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 2:29 AM
    THIS JUST IN: The guy standing at the corner can ALSO deliver dangerous directions!
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    nieur , December 14, 2012 2:09 AM
    if the location is on the road then then i think it is ok to route through that road
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  • 21 Hide
    wannabepro , December 14, 2012 2:07 AM
    I wonder if Appl€ paid them to do this.
  • 13 Hide
    nieur , December 14, 2012 2:09 AM
    if the location is on the road then then i think it is ok to route through that road
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 2:17 AM
    Wow, is this really a story?? Some fanboi is scraping the barrel dont you think?
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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 14, 2012 2:17 AM
    Don't always rely on one source of mapping to find what you need, especially if you are a tourist at a far away place. Also, remember to look out for road sings.
  • 3 Hide
    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 2:28 AM
    Wow, what an Apple plant!
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 2:29 AM
    THIS JUST IN: The guy standing at the corner can ALSO deliver dangerous directions!
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    joytech22 , December 14, 2012 2:29 AM
    If it isn't designed for traffic, don't mark it as a road in the directory you give to Google then.
    Plus.. Google routes around the road unless the destination is on the road so what gives?
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    Gundam288 , December 14, 2012 2:43 AM
    Toms claims Yahoo as a source. While Yahoo claims abc.net.au as a source.

    Talk about a crazy recycled article.
  • 2 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , December 14, 2012 2:50 AM
    It's ok. I live in the USA. I don't think I'll be driving there anytime soon. Looks like I'm still safe using Google maps.
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 2:52 AM
    There is already a Google Map Maker edit in place to change the category of Wild Dog Road from "paved" to "unpaved". It will likely be approved within the next few days.

    Google, unlike Apple, allows users to correct its maps directly, which the police in this town could have also done.

    http://www.google.com/mapmaker?iwloc=0_0&gw=39&fid=7697557127263001591:1370635407124378208&dtab=moderate&ll=-38.727271,143.678813&spn=0.015702,0.029612&z=15&lyt=large_map&hyaw=118.97920636857424
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 14, 2012 2:56 AM
    One one hand... yeah, Apple Maps is an abomination. "It just works", indeed.

    On the other hand, shouldn't these tourists have thought that this town's (errant) existence in the middle of nowhere was a little strange? Or, when they arrive at the "destination" and see there's nothing there, shouldn't they have thought to turn back?

    So while the Maps servers should be automatically sanity-checking results (like flagging towns appearing in no-town areas), shouldn't the tourists themselves be doing that also?

    For instance, my GPS unit tried to route me down a one-way/no-way street in some city, but I didn't drive that way because there were signs and the road was blocked off- I'm not trusting the GPS in the way that the Roadrunner trusts Wile E. Coyote's paintings on the side of the mountain.

    But why are these people willingly driving down this road? Is it just Google's/Apple's fault?
    Shouldn't there be, well, road signs? Granted, this is Australia, but if they can afford to put out press releases they can at least afford some distance (or in this case, one-way) signs.
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    mscott_42 , December 14, 2012 3:05 AM
    I drove my car into a lake. Why you may ask did I do this? Well, because of a machine. A machine told me to drive into a lake. And I did it! I did it because I trusted Google's precious technology, and look where it got me.
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    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 3:49 AM
    This just in.

    a stupid is, a stupid does.

    You could always use, well.... your BRAIN. /retards.
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    _Cubase_ , December 14, 2012 3:51 AM
    Name one thing in Australia that isn't dangerous!
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , December 14, 2012 4:01 AM
    a Kangaroo's pouch.
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    becherovka , December 14, 2012 5:08 AM
    Colac 10,000 people and its got a wrong turn. Australian police are stupid, first they save complete idiots that can't read a sign and now they compare google maps to apple maps.
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    iknowhowtofixit , December 14, 2012 5:39 AM
    I love The Office:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIakZtDmMgo
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    acerace , December 14, 2012 6:37 AM
    jupiter optimus maximusDon't always rely on one source of mapping to find what you need, especially if you are a tourist at a far away place. Also, remember to look out for road sings.


    Well, where have I been all this time. Road is singing now?
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    zedon , December 14, 2012 7:20 AM
    OMG they're using the road as a road.

    You can't trust what cops say, most aren't too bright.
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    chicofehr , December 14, 2012 7:30 AM
    using a dedicated GPS from Tom Tom are Garman etc. is a much better choice anyway.
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