Tuesday 6 December 2016

Google Maps error results in wrong house being torn down

Mark O'Beirne

Published 24/03/2016 | 11:29

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A Google Maps error led a demolition crew astray, causing them to demolish the wrong house. Their intended target was a block away.

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Google Maps can be a great resource, but you shouldn’t put all your confidence in it as this incident shows. A house in Texas was torn down by mistake because of a Google Maps error.

The house had been damaged by a tornado and was in line to be repaired and rebuilt. Instead, it was torn down instead of the intended house, which was located a block away.

The demolition company, Billy L. Nabors Demolition, is apparently blaming Google Maps for the error. It even sent the homeowner a screenshot of the Google Maps display, according to Engadget. The company is reportedly yet to apologise for its error.

This isn’t the first time that GPS has led demolition crews astray.

While mapping services such as Google Maps can help you find your way and your ultimate destination, there are some issues and blind spots.

The house is in Rowlett, Texas.

Google Maps has since been updated and fixed, but a rep from the company has said that it has no comment and that the situation is under investigation.

 

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