Monday, November 5, 2012

Google Gaffes Again

A Google map error has transformed Manukau Harbour into New Zealand's second largest lake!
The harbour, the country's second largest, sits on the SW coast of Auckland, with Auckland Airport located on the rim. The harbour's entry is squeezed between Huia and Wattle Bay but, if you're referring to Google Maps, then it's not water between those two areas...but land instead (don't tell Auckland's rabid property developers - they'd be onto that fresh slab of land like rats up a drainpipe!)
You can see the mistake right there in the standard Google Maps, while the correct image appears on Google Maps' satellite version.
It's the latest in a long run of recent gaffes by internet giants when it comes to maps. Apple's new maps unveiled in September placed Timaru Airport in Christchurch, and Dunedin Airport 30km from where it actually is.
Elsewhere in the world, it dropped the Norwegian town of Leknes into the Norwegian sea, a farm became an airport, highways led to the the middle of nowhere, and a hospital now covers the entire centre of UK city Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home!

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