/ 14 November 2023

Led up the garden path…


A rescue group in British Columbia, Canada, has issued a warning to hikers to stick to old-school paper maps and compasses rather than Google Maps. The warning came about following the rescue of 2 hikers who followed non-existent trails shown in the app. The rescues were no small thing, involving helicopters and rope rescue teams leading the tech giant to remove the dodgy trail. This isn’t the first time Google Maps has been called out for its trail displays – earlier this year, Mountaineering Scotland warned that the app was directing visitors to a dangerous route up Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. Fun fact: Google Maps was initially developed by an Aussie start-up called Where 2 Technologies, which was bought by Google in 2004.

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