dc: Me, in a pub.  (Sideways)
After the other day's post, I was checking up bus times in the city centre and I noticed another weird street renaming. Glaswegians, take a look on Google Maps at what you and I know as Nelson Mandela Place (and, for that matter, the bit of W. George St. just west of Nelson Mandela Place).
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Sideways)
I remember when Google Maps first appeared I said I would never use it for somewhere I didn't know well myself. That kind of still applies, although Street View makes up for a lot of its deficiencies, since whatever the map shows, the pictures record pretty much what's there. (Though an unfortunately parked van did foil my use of it to identify a particular restaurant's location once.) Still, though, if I really want a good idea about street layout in an area I don't know, I would rather use Streetmap, which is much more accurate.

What baffles me is when Google Maps decides to rename a road. Not talking about small streets or lanes here, either. The first time I came across this was in 2005 when I discovered Google Maps was under the impression that Great Western Road (one of the main arterial routes into Glasgow) was called “Inverquhomery Road” — a street name you won't find anywhere in the city.

They're at it again. Checking up on the location of a place in Bloomsbury, I discovered that Google Maps thinks that the road running south from Russell Square to the junction with High Holborn and Kingsway is called Northampton Row.

Seriously, WTF?


Jul. 24th, 2005 01:24 pm
dc: Me, in a pub.  (Exterminate All Heathens!)
What the hell’s going on with some online maps at the moment? I checked out Google Maps a little while ago, and I wouldn’t ever use them for information about somewhere I didn’t know thoroughly. Looking at a couple of locations I know in Glasgow produced some fairly peculiar results, one of which was the appearance of an “Inverquhomery Road”, which is unknown — by that name, anyway — to anyone in the area.

Great Western Road is a major road in Glasgow. It starts at the edge of the City Centre, at the end of West Graham Street, and runs all the way out to Dumbarton. It is one of the major arterial routes in and out of the city. This is the road Google Maps labels (for some bizarre reason) “Inverquhomery Road” for a great chunk of its length. Still, Google Maps is a Beta, so some problems are not unexpected.

I was astonished, though, to find Great Western Rd. labelled “Inverquhomery Road” on the map provided at Yell.co.uk when I was checking the details of a particular church. (The marker showing the location of the church is wrong, too, incidentally.) This map is provided by MultiMap, which isn’t connected with Google as far as I know. What is going on?

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