Google Maps Sends Demolition Crew To Wrong Home

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Google Maps is a wonderful product that millions of people use on a daily basis to get them to and from destinations, the problem is, it’s not always right. Such was the case in Texas where a demolition crew used Google Maps to navigate to a duplex that was scheduled for demolition. The demo crew was heading to Cousteau Drive in Rowlett, Texas to demolish the home but Google Maps landed them a block away on Calypso Drive where they found a different home that appeared to be the correct home.

The home on Cousteau Drive was a corner lot with tornado damage and slated to be torn down. The house on Calypso Drive was also tornado damaged and also on a corner lot. To complicate the situation both homes had the same house number. The demo crew verified three variables that led them to confirm the home on Calypso was the correct home. Tornado damaged home, corner lot and house number. The only thing they did not verify is the street name they were on, believing that Google Maps had directed them to the correct location.

“Google Maps did indeed show incorrect information for the houses in question,” a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. “Both addresses were shown as being in the same location (7601 Calypso Dr) on Google Maps… the issue was fixed as soon as it was brought to our attention.”

Google does have disclaimers in place that their mapping system may not be accurate and while it is easy to point the finger at Google for this snafu, the demo crew should have verified the street they were standing on.

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  Source: CNN Money
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