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Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 19:31
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only caught a brief glimpse,on the news,goverment saying something about why does not google bring maps on outback australia up too date ,was either 7 or 10
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Reply By: equinox - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 19:42

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 19:42
I think its just like most things out in the bush - Supply and demand.

If you get a 20000 people a day going to Cameron corner then you will find the map will get updated more frequently (I'm not sure of the tech to be honest). I guess Google measures haw fast your phone is moving or something like that.

The only time I will use Google for navigation is when I'm in a strange town or city, I would never use it out bush.
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 23:29

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 at 23:29
It was about the excessive travel times that Google Maps shows for Outback travel, the local businesses are saying that the times shown are putting people off travelling in the Outback, particularly overseas visitors.
Eg. It shows Maree to Birdsville as 21hrs & 21 mins travel time.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 at 11:38

Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 at 11:38
Shaker, I can see your point, but if it was wet, then the Google travel timed would probably be correct. Google always take the worst case with travel times in the outback.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 20:39

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It wasn’t really my point, it was the complaint of the Outback businesses saying that it was costing them money.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 at 12:59

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 at 12:59
Shaker. Most people going from Maree to Birsdville would go at about 80kmph.

Plus I assume many people stay at Mungarannie overnight. Say 5PM to 8AM

That's about 6 1/2 hours of driving time plus 15 hours at Mungarannie.

A total of 21h 30 mins, versus the Google estimate of 21h 20 mins.

I wonder if the google estimates is based on many traveller's actual end to end time?

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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 10:21

Monday, Jan 28, 2019 at 10:21
Hi Tony, I don't think Google Maps takes stopping time into consideration, only actual travel time.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 at 00:50

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 at 00:50
Right! Sounds like i should send out a press release.
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:40

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:40
Do it michelle
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 at 08:28

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 at 08:28
If you BUY and use a map, the product is the map. There is some responsibility on the seller to provide meaningful data on the product. Eg EO, Hema, Westprint, Rooftop etc.

But if you chose to use free mapping like Google Maps, the product being sold is YOU and YOUR information to advertisers. Google have some responsibility to provide accurate information about you to them, not you.

You are the product, not the customer.

There is no obligation to provide accurate information to the users for free. They just do it to help make the information about the users more meaningful to their customers - advertisers.

Same for facebook, Twitter etc
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 at 12:29

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 at 12:29
Google simply rely on registered Google account owners to provide more accurate information on their maps, and location accuracy.

Much of Google mapping information is pretty "hairy", and based on visual interpretation from aerial photos by Google employees in the U.S.

I do my best to correct glaring Google errors, where I come across them - but trying to actually get through to Google employees that their mapping needs correction can be difficult.

As Boobook says, Googles primary aim is selling personal data and information - that's how the company rapidly got to $700B+ in corporate value.

Regardless, Google provide a valuable mapping service which is still largely free of charges. As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for".

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