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Google Maps Is Not Necessarily Your Friend

Old 09-27-23, 08:39 AM
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BTW, I am still amazed when I am using google driving directions and I get notified of some road conditions that occurred in the last hour(s). Things like vehicles on the shoulder, police radar, and so on are what I mean. Google will ask "Was the radar still in place as you went by, Y or N" Beats the five year of plaper maps I used to carry.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
There were exceptions like the wonderful paper Odot bike map for the oregon coast.
No doubt about it - Oregon's cycling maps were the best.
And provided a wealth of info for cyclists - even back in the ancient 80s.
I remember talking with other cyclists - wishing all the state had something similar.
Just the right amount of info - easily accessible.

Some app developers might learn from this.
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Originally Posted by jamawani
It's not that there are not many excellent features with Google Maps - it's the degree of dependence. I suspect that people back in the days of paper maps were much more cautious and observant.
I suspect the percentage of people using digital maps is much higher than the percentage that where using paper maps.

There were lots of people who were not able to use paper maps but can use the digital maps. And many people using paper maps never replaced them (they just kept using old maps).

Given the scale of (most) paper maps. they didn't include the small roads that might be what people have the most trouble with.

We also have no good information about how often paper maps led people astray.

And, against the huge numbers of people using digital maps. the reports of failures very rare.

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No doubt about it - Oregon's cycling maps were the best. And provided a wealth of info for cyclists - even back in the ancient 80s. I remember talking with other cyclists - wishing all the state had something similar. Just the right amount of info - easily accessible.
It would be too expensive to do.

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Old 09-27-23, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
Personally I think folks who complain about how terrible google maps are should consider what it was like before they existed.
The number of issues people have with Google maps is rare. And the number of people using it is huge.
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Originally Posted by njkayaker
Given the scale of (most) paper maps. they didn't include the small roads that might be what people have the most trouble with.
Yeah, I would wager that the vast majprity of pre digital map paper map users used only state maps. Fa few used county maps, but they were the minority.

We also have no good information about how often paper maps led people astray.
True, but it certainly did happen. I remember my parents winding up on a road that gradually became a cow path back in the late 50s. I personally have had paper maps mislead me with incorrect or old data plenty of times. Certainly more times than digital maps have.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
True, but it certainly did happen. I remember my parents winding up on a road that gradually became a cow path back in the late 50s. I personally have had paper maps mislead me with incorrect or old data plenty of times. Certainly more times than digital maps have.
Of course, it happened! The issue is that people never heard about it. People hear about issues with digital maps and might get the impression that they are common (when they are rather rare).
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