Google Maps really needs work

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Michelle Steiner, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. It gives some ridiculous results in The Bronx, NY. For instance, plot the
    directions from 380 W. Tremont Avenue to 379 W. Tremont Avenue, or vice
    versa, in the Bronx. There's no way those two addresses are that far apart.

    Then plot the location of 8033 W. Tremont Avenue (an address used in last
    night's episode of Elementary on CBS).
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 5, 2012
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  2. Michelle Steiner

    Alan Browne Guest

    Sticking with iOS 5 for the foreseeable future.
    We saw the pilot of Elementary - not sure we'll continue. Anyway now
    that I've severed the cable, I'll have to wait 'til it goes "web".

    Maybe I'll set up an antenna to catch HDTV...
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 5, 2012
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  3. Michelle Steiner

    George Kerby Guest

    Maybe you should see if Apple Maps can find 77 Sunset Strip?
     
    George Kerby, Oct 6, 2012
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  4. Aside from some bizarre things like that, it is full of errors. It has
    a minimum of two errors in street names (including the street where I
    live) in my city. And Google Maps isn't just picking on this city; it's
    an equal-opportunity bucket of bugs.
     
    Matthew Lybanon, Oct 6, 2012
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  5. Michelle Steiner

    Alan Browne Guest

    I haven't gotten a bum steer from GMaps to date. I have gotten routings
    that were not optimal, but they weren't grossly off.

    Sticking to iOS 5 for the foreseeable future.

    A friend of mine was over last night all atwitter over the iPhone 5 but
    reluctant to give up Street View (He's a technical specialist and calls
    on clients all over the region. He likes to check street view so he can
    eyeball the place before he drives up. Saves him time in locating
    addresses and parking).

    His daughter is salivating over the prospect of taking over his iPhone
    4. The pressure is on...
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 6, 2012
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  6. Michelle Steiner

    erilar Guest

    It has major problems with small town and rural addresses in many areas,
    however.
    No Street View? I'm happier than ever that I don't have to use it!
    Street View is often how I refine searches.
     
    erilar, Oct 6, 2012
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  7. I haven't gotten a bum steer from GMaps to date. I have gotten routings
    that were not optimal, but they weren't grossly off.[/QUOTE]

    Well, it's grossly off for some addresses on West Tremont Avenue in The
    Bronx, NY. Apple's new Maps gets it right.
    Whatever. If Maps is the most important part of the OS for you, I can
    understand your concern, but the flaws in the database are rapidly being
    fixed, and as I've shown, Google's Maps data are not perfect.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 6, 2012
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  8. Aside from some bizarre things like that, it is full of errors. It has
    a minimum of two errors in street names (including the street where I
    live) in my city. And Google Maps isn't just picking on this city; it's
    an equal-opportunity bucket of bugs.[/QUOTE]

    The reason I checked that area was because of the reference in that TV
    show, and it being in the general area where I grew up.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 6, 2012
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  9. Maybe you should see if Apple Maps can find 77 Sunset Strip?[/QUOTE]

    Which one: Sunrise, FL, Anderson, MO, Nags Head, NC, Elwood, NE, Manyana,
    NSW, Dagsboro, DE, Jan Juc, VIC, Ocean Grove, BIC, Show Low, AZ, or
    Cloudcroft, NM?
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 6, 2012
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  10. Michelle Steiner

    Alan Browne Guest

    Well, it's grossly off for some addresses on West Tremont Avenue in The
    Bronx, NY. Apple's new Maps gets it right.
    Whatever. If Maps is the most important part of the OS for you, I can
    understand your concern, but the flaws in the database are rapidly being
    fixed, and as I've shown, Google's Maps data are not perfect.[/QUOTE]

    I have other reasons to prefer Google Maps, one being a month worth of
    recording tracks of trails in the woods (two locations) and then
    painstakingly entering them in Google Map Maker. Google Maps directions
    will even plot the best track through the wood trail network when in
    "pedestrian" mode... (I don't 'need' that, but it's cool to show people).

    BTW: It's all very nice Michelle that you're sifting through the small,
    small number of Google Maps errors to diminish the Apple Map fiasco but
    it doesn't stick.

    It will take Apple likely a year to get it to an error rate comparable
    to Google Maps.
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 6, 2012
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  11. Michelle Steiner

    Alan Browne Guest

    It's my opinion. Believe it or not there is no requirement on usenet to
    post only things that can be backed up with data nor to write
    disclaimers with every utterance.
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 6, 2012
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  12. I didn't sift through anything; I stumbled across it when checking an
    address on a TV show. If the address had not been purported to be in the
    area where I grew up, I wouldn't have bothered.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 6, 2012
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  13. Hollywood, CA isn't listed because 77 isn't a real address on Sunset.[/QUOTE]

    Yes, I know. But you didn't say Hollywood, or even California. So I
    jokingly asked which one you meant.

    BTW, try 221B Baker Street.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 6, 2012
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  14. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    Got some data to back up that assertion?[/QUOTE]

    google has been working on maps for nearly a decade

    apple has been working on maps for a few years.

    a year to fix things is very optimistic.
     
    Guest, Oct 6, 2012
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  15. Michelle Steiner

    JF Mezei Guest

    Michelle, it is not realistic for Apple to fix flaws in a matter of
    weeks. For one thing, they do not have the army of people to fix them,
    and even with Google's 7000 mapping employees, we are talking about
    years, not weeks.
     
    JF Mezei, Oct 6, 2012
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  16. Michelle Steiner

    Alan Browne Guest

    For every stumble you make with Google Maps many more other people are
    stumbling over more with Apple Maps. That will take a long time to
    wring out.
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 6, 2012
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  17. google has been working on maps for nearly a decade

    apple has been working on maps for a few years.

    a year to fix things is very optimistic.[/QUOTE]

    OK, no data; just an opinion.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 6, 2012
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  18. For every stumble you make with Google Maps many more other people are
    stumbling over more with Apple Maps. That will take a long time to
    wring out.[/QUOTE]

    So what is your point? Note that the subject of this thread says that
    Google maps needs much less work than Apple maps. All you're doing is
    confirming what I said in the first place.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Oct 6, 2012
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  19. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    OK, no data; just an opinion.[/QUOTE]

    the first two are data. you might consider the third to be an opinion,
    but it's the only possibility given the first two items.
     
    Guest, Oct 6, 2012
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  20. Michelle Steiner

    Alan Browne Guest

    So what is your point? Note that the subject of this thread says that
    Google maps needs much less work than Apple maps. All you're doing is
    confirming what I said in the first place.[/QUOTE]

    The title says that now because I changed it.
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 6, 2012
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