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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cyclists report a disproportionate number of errors to Google Maps @voxdotcom



Google relies on user-submitted complaints to continually improve its maps. If the turn-by-turn directions tell you to turn left at an intersection where lefts are forbidden, for instance, you can report the problem, and engineers at Google's Project Ground Truth will adjust their data accordingly.
In this new video (above), the Wall Street Journal's Christopher Mims dug up an interesting fact about this system: cyclists contribute disproportionately more complaints than anyone else. Google hasn't released hard data, but told Mims that cyclists are "fanatical" contributors to the system.

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