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Apple Maps bests Google Maps and Waze in a (very badly run) navigation test

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Apple Maps bests Google Maps and Waze in a (very badly run) navigation test
We will admit right off the bat that this probably shouldn't be a story, but it feels like one of those things that sites may pick up on and misreport as something more than it really is, so we wanted to put this out as a word of reason just in case that happens. We're not going to say that the test done is completely wrong, just that there is little reason to try extracting any real conclusions from it. What happened was Apple Maps beat Google Maps and Waze in a very badly run navigation test by John C. Dvorak.

So, Mr. Dvorak decided to run an informal test with Leo LaPorte, TWiT CEO Lisa Kentzell, and marketing guy Glenn Rubenstein. Dvorak and the other three had a meeting that they were all attending a couple different meetings together, and they were in three separate cars. Leo and Lisa were in one car using Waze for navigation, Glenn was using Apple Maps, and John using Google Maps. The only one who actually knew it was an informal race to test out the different navigation systems was Dvorak, but he still didn't win. 

On the first leg, Glenn was the first to the Apple headquarters, and Leo was last. Then on the second meeting Glenn was again the first to arrive, John second, and Leo last. According to the article, Apple Maps was better about avoiding traffic and traffic lights, putting Glenn on the highway, while Google sent John through local traffic. 

As we said at first, it's impossible to take any real conclusions from this informal test, but at the very least it asks some questions, and it may be time to do more testing to see how far along Apple Maps has come from the debacle it was at launch. 

source: PCMag

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posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:02 26

1. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


The point ? Apple maps can be good but it won't catch up with Google maps

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:19 21

6. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


The Point: Glenn drives best, Leo drives s**t

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 00:48 12

25. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Spoiler Alert... Leo might be a woman :p

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 11:17

62. mic_jager (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Leo ends up turning heel on Lisa and ended up purposely driving crappy to allow Glenn to snag the win.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:09 13

2. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


What's to take from all this? People win races when others aren't competing.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 21:19

59. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Except that the only guy who knew it was a race didn't win...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:09 5

3. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Please stop these types of reports. The fandroids will run out of bad things to say about Apple.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 02:36 8

34. rickywinataa (Posts: 262; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Yeah ? Apple maps just simply isn't as good as Google maps. Anyone who thinks otherwise must be brainwashed by whatever Apple device they have

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 08:49 4

55. SleepingOz (unregistered)


All I can read from your comment is " Bah bah bah bah Apple."

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:37 2

57. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Actually its not like that
It spells like this
"Baaahahahahah baaahahahahpple"
Like how those sheep do....

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:11 7

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I would like to see a test done with all the most popular apps including Google, Nokia, Apple, Waze, and Scout navigating both in local traffic and on the highway. Google is king right now but there hasn't been much competition until recently so let's see what happens.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 00:03 7

21. ANANDALTER (Posts: 124; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


no nokia maps are the king right now

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 02:00 6

30. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Can't say that I know ANYONE using Nokia maps. And considering Google maps are being used on about 80% of all smartphones, tablets and probably the same on desktops considering that when you Google a location or business your launched straight into Google Maps as well. Google is without a doubt the current king, at least until there is a proper test conducted.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 05:05

42. ANANDALTER (Posts: 124; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Sure what u said was correct! It suits for well developed nations who is always connected to the net. when it comes to ease of use, availability [FREE], geographical location usage( like my place, which is a village), nokia is best compared to google.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 08:14 1

53. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Well if it's that good, I hope we can all experience it soon. :)

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 23:58

60. ANANDALTER (Posts: 124; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


jst one thing will make google undisputed king, free offline navigation. sure google has some cache style, but cant download a whole country, or a state.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:17 4

5. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


WOW
Is it still existing?..
Sorry I almost fogot it...

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:20 7

7. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


They are still using Apple Maps? smh. Allow Apple to get it right first else you are risking your life, I guess they didn't see the reports from the Australian police

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:40

11. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


This report right?

http://www.slashgear.com/australian-police-issue-warning-about-google-maps-13260906/

:)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:08 2

15. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


No...this one: :)

http://www.slashgear.com/apple-maps-has-potentially-deadly-error-warns-australian-police-10260262/

Key quote from the Google Maps link:

"Curiously enough, a few days after police in Australia warned that Apple Maps was sending drivers off into a waterless, scorching desert-like national park, another Australian authority, this time in Colac, has issued a warning about Google Maps.

.....The issue at hand seems ......far less severe, ...........however, and Google has a reasonable explanation for why Maps sends drivers where it does."

Seperated for emphasis...

More from the link:

"If what the spokesperson says is true, .........this can hardly be claimed a “potentially deadly error,” .......considering that sending drivers down a road in order to get to a destination located on the road is necessary.

............If Wild Dog Road is receiving more traffic from tourists and residents than it can handle, blaming the glut on Google Maps – or any mapping service – that is legitimately navigating drivers to destinations on that road is hardly sensible. ".........

Nice try tho....

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:15

17. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Police-in-Australia-say-Apple-Maps-is-potentially-life-threatening_id37475

:)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:20 1

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


Glenn must be an ifans who love to watch f1 race :)

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:27 4

9. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


Good job Apple. Keep up the good work and fix your maps for areas that aren't metropolitan. We don't all live in cities like San Francisco and New York.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:31 4

10. rgxVOiD (Posts: 440; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


People still use Maps app to navigate around their own hometown?

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 23:59

61. ANANDALTER (Posts: 124; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


yeah sure, its kinda fun.......makes them to think that they have covered enough distance [by walk] to burn some calories and eat some more.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 22:51 3

13. skullman (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


its apple new adds??

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:05 3

14. chebner (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


The good news is that Apple Maps knew where Apple's HQ was.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:15

16. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I will admit Google Maps has guided me the long way...before I knew how to set it for shorter routes.

Longer routes....vs totally wrong destinations....

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Police-in-Australia-say-Apple-Maps-is-potentially-life-threatening_id37475

I think I will take the former anyday.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 01:32 1

29. JC557 (Posts: 1570; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


When it comes to using Google Maps for NYC subway navigation it's pretty spot on with arrival and departure times (barring any incidents or construction notices) and I can choose between shortest route or the most convenient.

Google maps was also responsible for allowing me to learn my way around southern California in about 2 days.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 23:33 2

18. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Only the Apple fans would risk their journalistic integrity to write an article about a test that is so poorly conducted. Sigh.

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