Indian government labels Google Maps as “unreliable”
by Damian M. / Jun 23, 2017, 3:21 AM
Google Maps is probably the single most used mapping service on the planet. However, it isn't without its flaws, and India's mapping and survey organization, Survey of India (SoI) made sure to point this out on Thursday. According to SoI, Google Maps is “not authenticated” and “un-approved” by the government and it shouldn't be used for high-end applications.
Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India, said that Google Maps is used for low-end applications, such as navigating from one point to another, for example. The maps maintained by Survey of India, on the other hand, should be used in all high-end applications, according to the official.
While it does make perfect sense that official government data would be far more reliable, SoI probably has a good reason to issue this warning. We can only guess what it is, however.
In the meantime, the organization is working on making its mapping data available to the public for free, in order to make Indian citizens move away from Google Maps, and use official government data instead.
“The maps are still being uploaded and there are some glitches with the website which are being fixed,” Rao said.
source: BusinessStandard via CNET
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because he uses android phone.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 3:24 AM 0
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Man, that headline though, so misleading. Followed by a picture of an iPhone with Google maps and a first paragraph that rambles for the sake of pushing the narrative. We will never see something like that for an Apple article here.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 3:32 AM 17
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It is misleading and a lot of websites bring it as a Google maps only issue. But what Swarna Subba Rao really stressed was that the Indian users should cut their dependence on maps produced by foreign firms such as Google which according to it could not be considered as genuine. Later on, he mentions Google maps, but all nav apps that don't depend on Government maintained maps are unreliable.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 3:54 AM 12
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Oh don't get so triggered. We all know Google maps is better than Apple maps but the latter will also get better with time for sure.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 5:39 AM 0
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Indian government should develop their own maps, oh wait..
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 3:33 AM 3
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More like develop their roads and have coherent traffic systems. Bludgeoning your way through rickshaws, scooters, mini cars and people doesn't really count as a highway. No amount of Google machine learning is going to save their roads.
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 6:04 AM 13
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are they stupid or something? google map is consumer-grade product, not professional-grade.. just like saying, surgeon shouldn't do surgery using box cutter because it's unreliable..
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 3:51 AM 4
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You must be caged in the Western hemisphere, there're so many error on India's Google map. Worse, Google map in China did not update since 2009. However, both India and China has domestic maps that's so brilliant, Google end up copy and paste it
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 4:22 AM 6
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He's referring to the comment Rao made about using it for making Canals and other things. It's made to help get from one place to another although it's not 100% accurate but it definitely helps and not to help make railways, so why bother using it for the purpose it's not made for
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 7:01 AM 3
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That explain why many naysayer said asian are born smarter, i start to agree
posted on Jun 23, 2017, 4:15 AM 0
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