Wall Street Journal: Google Maps Chief Sees New Directions for Digital Navigation

Wall Street Journal: Google Maps Chief Sees New Directions for Digital Navigation. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google Maps is the fourth most popular mobile app in the U.S. by unique visitors age 18 and up, according to Comscore, making it more popular than the mobile apps of Instagram and Tiktok as well as its closest direct competitor, Apple Maps. The Google Geo group, which runs the Maps app, now also oversees the company’s Waze mapping service. Christopher Phillips, the head of Google Geo, recently talked with The Wall Street Journal about what he sees as the longer-term future of navigation.”

CNBC: How Google’s Waze has changed from its early days as car travel is remade

CNBC: How Google’s Waze has changed from its early days as car travel is remade. “Waze users – also known as ‘Wazers’ – provide information on things like stopped cars, road work, gas prices and police activity during their commutes. The app then collects this real-time data and updates its maps accordingly, giving users the most up-to-date information on travel times and other potential traffic burdens. What was once a small Israeli startup now has more than 140 million monthly users worldwide.”

Herald Goa: Outdated Google Maps cause of road mishaps at Khandepar junction?

Herald Goa: Outdated Google Maps cause of road mishaps at Khandepar junction?. “The Khandepar junction has been witnessing a series of road accidents since the last few months and now it’s coming to the fore that misleading Google Maps may be one of the contributing factors to it. The work of junction road for the newly built bridge is ongoing and it is still half-done. The locals have demanded to either complete the junction road or at least add changes regarding the route on Google Maps.”

MIT Technology Review: Starlink signals can be reverse-engineered to work like GPS—whether SpaceX likes it or not

MIT Technology Review: Starlink signals can be reverse-engineered to work like GPS—whether SpaceX likes it or not. “Todd Humphreys’s offer to SpaceX was simple. With a few software tweaks, its rapidly growing Starlink constellation could also offer precise position, navigation, and timing. The US Army, which funds Humphreys’s work at the University of Texas at Austin, wanted a backup to its venerable, and vulnerable, GPS system. Could Starlink fill that role?”

Wedding nothing: Google Maps loses Penal couple in forest (Loop T&T News)

Loop T&T News: Wedding nothing: Google Maps loses Penal couple in forest. “The duo hoped to attend a wedding in Guayaguayare Village on Saturday. They wanted to get there in the shortest possible time so they used Google Maps. However, the route they followed wasn’t quite what they expected as they were taken through approximately 19 kilometres of abandoned oilfield road, called the Guayaguayare Road.”

University of Alabama: Low-cost Solution Viable for Self-Driving Cars to Spot Hacked GPS

University of Alabama: Low-cost Solution Viable for Self-Driving Cars to Spot Hacked GPS. “A lot of hurdles remain before the emerging technology of self-driving personal and commercial vehicles is common, but transportation researchers at The University of Alabama developed a promising, inexpensive system to overcome one challenge: GPS hacking that can send a self-driving vehicle to the wrong destination.”

TechCrunch: Google Maps is expanding its eco-friendly navigation feature to Europe

TechCrunch: Google Maps is expanding its eco-friendly navigation feature to Europe. “Google announced today it is expanding its options for eco-friendly routing on Google Maps to 40 more countries across Europe. Eco-friendly routes, first introduced to U.S-based users last year, offer to show more fuel-efficient routes instead of the fastest ones. Users can see the eco-friendly route marked with a leaf label.”

On the Wight: Did someone press the button early? Google Maps showing many closed Isle of Wight roads (updated)

On the Wight: Did someone press the button early? Google Maps showing many closed Isle of Wight roads (updated). “As you can see from our screen grabs above and below and from Dan’s short video below it almost looks as though someone has accidentally turned on the rolling road closures two weeks early for the Tour of Britain cycle race – due to take place next Sunday.”

Drive: Google Maps blamed for family left stranded in outback

Drive: Google Maps blamed for family left stranded in outback. “A family rescued from outback New South Wales has blamed Google Maps for sending their Hyundai Tucson down an inaccessible track, according to 9News. Despite a single asphalt road connecting the remote towns of Tibooburra and Packsaddle in the north west of NSW, it’s understood the Hyundai Tucson was located about 50km southeast of Tibooburra.”

CTV News: Google Maps incorrectly suggests weeks-long closure on major B.C. highway

CTV News: Google Maps incorrectly suggests weeks-long closure on major B.C. highway. “The provincial agency said in a notice last week that Google Maps inaccurately listed a weeks-long closure on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt…. The Transportation Ministry has posted similar warnings about errors in recent weeks, with at least four issues noted in a month-long period.”

Go straight, said Google Map; Driver takes family into a stream in Kottayam (Mathrubhumi)

Mathrubhumi (India): Go straight, said Google Map; Driver takes family into a stream in Kottayam. “The family from Karnataka was travelling to Alappuzha from Munnar. They relied on Google Maps for directions since the beginning of the journey. When they reached Kuruppanthara Kadavu, the Map recommended going straight. The driver, without noticing the big curve of the road, went straight and ended up in the stream. The car entered the stream even as the locals screamed at the driver but it was no use. As it has been raining in the area, the stream was full of water.”