I’m looking forward to the time when we’re talking about Google Maps and its problems as much as we talk about Google Adwords and ITS problems. From News AU: Relying on Google Maps got this woman stranded in the Grand Canyon for five days. “One woman in the US has spent five days lost and stranded in a remote part of the Grand Canyon after Google Maps took her down a wrong turn. Amber Vanhecke, 24, was so lost in the national park that she thought she would die and even recorded farewell messages on her phone.” The story about this on ABC News refers to Amber’s “GPS” and not Google Maps, so I was wondering, but Amber herself on her GoFundMe page for her medical expenses and car damage says it was Google Maps.
Google: Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps. “‘Where are you now?’ and ‘What’s your ETA?’ Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, you’ll be able to share your real-time location with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop.”
ZDNet: Google Maps now lets you pinpoint where you parked plus what’s left on the meter. “Do you ever park in a lot and return hours later only to find that you have no idea where in the labyrinth you left your vehicle? One easy solution is to use your smartphone to help remember where you parked and snap one of the signs in a lot marking the area you’re in. But it would be even easier to use a map app to mark where you’ve parked.”
Lifehacker: How To Make The Most Of Google Maps. “Google Maps is hands-down one of the best navigation apps on Android and iPhone, but considering most of us use it while driving, it’s easy to miss some of its features. Whether you’re new to Google Maps or a veteran, let’s take a look at the best ways to get the most out of it.”
Meanwhile, more Google Maps, from The Connexion: Pool tax dodgers trapped by Google maps. “Authorities in Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne have used aerial images from Google maps to find undeclared swimming pools – and are filling town coffers with the resulting property taxes.”
Okanagan Edge: We’re not closed, Google. “A local business owner is sounding a warning after Google continues to mistakenly list her business as closed. Sarah Coffey, who runs Kelowna’s Unless Market, said the mistake appeared on Google searches shortly after she moved the business to a new location in January.”
Indian Express: Google Street View shows how trees regulate urban ecosystems . “Scientists have used over 100,000 images extracted from Google Street View to map and quantify how street trees regulate urban ecosystems in megacities like Delhi and Shanghai. While it is generally accepted that trees and plants benefit urban environments, until now researchers have had very little data to work with in order to quantify the extent that street trees regulate urban ecosystems.”