Protected forest was accidentally logged

Categories:Spatial inaccuracy

DATE: 2005-08-27
PLACE: Weilangta State, Tasmania
COUNTRY: Australia

DESCRIPTION: Protected forest was accidentally logged and eroded the habitat of the rare and endangered swift parrot. The cause of the incident is a map mistake.

Objection over TV show’s wrong map

Categories:Spatial inaccuracy

DATE: 2009-02-13
PLACE: Khatmandu
COUNTRY: Nepal

DESCRIPTION: Angry objection in Nepal because a private Indian television channel shows the Himalayan nation as part of India in its logo.

Wrong map lands drug firm in trouble

Categories:Spatial inaccuracy

DATE: 1999-11-17
PLACE: Punjab
COUNTRY: India

DESCRIPTION: A drug company published a distorted version of the map of India.

Many drivers are getting lost

Categories:Outdated data or maps

DATE: 2005-09-21
PLACE: Shanghai
COUNTRY: China

DESCRIPTION: Many drivers are getting lost because GPS manufacturers use counterfeit maps.

Residents claim their view has been ruined

Categories:Outdated data or maps

DATE: 2007-03-04
PLACE: Edinburgh
COUNTRY: UK

DESCRIPTION: Residents claim their view has been ruined because developers use wrong maps and the new building has been built 3 meters out of place.

Young woman stuck for three days in her car

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2011-03-02
PLACE: Miramichi, NB
COUNTRY: Canada

DESCRIPTION: A medicine student at Sherbrooke University, going to New-Brunswick for work, took the wrong road following her GPS instructions. IMPACT: The woman stayed three days in her car, stuck in the snow, before somebody could find and rescue her.

Google map part of Central America dispute

Categories:Spatial inaccuracy

DATE: 2010-11-008
PLACE: Near San Juan River
COUNTRY: Costa Rica and Nicaragua

DESCRIPTION: Google said in a blog post late Friday that the eastern end of the boundary between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, near the mouth of the San Juan River, is off by up to 2.7 kilometres in Google Maps because of “an error in the compilation of the source data.” IMPACT: A dispute between the two countries.

 

 

The city of Gearhart is pouring concrete footings

Categories:Spatial inaccuracy

DATE: 2005-09-00
PLACE: Gearhart, Oregon
COUNTRY: USA

DESCRIPTION: The city of Gearhart is pouring concrete footings for a new bridge onto private property because the city used an inaccurate map. IMPACT: The city is paying a 15,000$ compensation to the landowners

A beauty shop on a residential street

Categories:Spatial inaccuracy

DATE: 2007-04-00
PLACE: Collinsville, Illinois
COUNTRY: USA

DESCRIPTION: A beauty shop on a residential street because the building permit was issued according to an inaccurate Zoning map. IMPACT: Residents are asking the City Council to stop the construction of the beauty shop.

A Polish bus falls and crashes on a road of the Alps

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2007-07-00
PLACE: Laffrey (Isère)
COUNTRY: France

DESCRIPTION: A Polish bus falls and crushes on a road of the Alps because the driver followed the GPS’s instructions. However, according to the road signs, the road is prohibited for bus. IMPACT: 26 deaths.