Indian government labels Google Maps as “unreliable”

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



1. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

because he uses android phone.

20. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Though i like digital initiatives from our government. But i am really worried about our future privacy. A time will come when i cannot even go to restroom without government knowing it. (just kidding).

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right.. they should try using apple maps... oh wait

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Probably the best comment seen in the recent past.

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

This is iphonearena, anything making android look bad is top priority.

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

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.

18. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Yes, when they add toilet markers for you guys.

21. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I heard they will show PORKISTANI pig shop there

3. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Indian government should develop their own maps, oh wait..

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They do develop their own maps, at least the data.

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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.

22. tommy_vercetti

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

google bhuvan maps

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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..

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

17. NoAllegiance unregistered

Google maps in China suck, the roads aren't even aligned with the terrain view.

19. Mr.Anonymous94

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

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

8. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

That explain why many naysayer said asian are born smarter, i start to agree

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Indians just choose whichever the best, but definitely not Apple maps

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Google Maps wasn't meant for strict professional use... but for the typical consumer. Any professional organization or company needs to have it's own map data. More accurate that way.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Paid for by apple and their new partner India.

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