Improper home will get torn down based mostly on a Google Maps error

Wrong house gets torn down based on a Google Maps error

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We have seen our share of GPS-guided mishaps, however what occurred to the house owners of a Texas duplex is especially heartbreaking. Their home was torn down by mistake (no, this is not the primary time that is occurred, it isn’t even the primary time in Texas) after it was broken by a twister, and the demolition firm apparently blames Google Maps for the error. They lived at 7601 Calypso Dr., and as you possibly can see under, on Google Maps it lists the identical location for that tackle because it exhibits for 7601 Cousteau Dr. –the house a block away that was supposed to be demolished. (On the time of this writing, each Apple Maps and Mapquest have what seems to be the right itemizing for 7601 Cousteau Dr.)

Home-owner Lindsey Diaz advised KERA Information that she had simply utilized for a builder’s allow to restore and rebuild, earlier than getting a name from her neighbor about what had occurred. An worker for Billy L. Nabors Demolition, the corporate behind the teardown, apparently despatched her a screenshot displaying what Google Maps shows, however thus far nobody from the corporate has apologized for the error.

Regardless of years of improvement and crowd-sourced modifying, the often-wonderful Google Maps nonetheless has occasional blind spots, and this exhibits that the results is usually a bit extra devastating than a missed supply, or having to loop across the block an additional time. In fact, whereas a twister-broken neighborhood won’t have sufficient road indicators and home numbers left to make verification straightforward, you’d assume it might be prudent to double examine the situation earlier than getting began on work like this.

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