Google maps route through dead end

I’m a little late in on the here, but I thought it amusing enough to post.

I was in Seattle last week and saw the Google maps client for Windows Mobile in action. Now, I’m a fan of the client for Symbian and used it in a trip to Dubbo late last year. I noticed that there was an option for GPS tracking. I’d finally found a use for the GPS receiver in my iPAQ! You see, it’s hard to find maps for Sydney. Microsoft seem to have Australian maps for pocket streets and I don’t want to purchase some strange iPAQ specific version of the tomtom software (generic versions I’ve tried didn’t seem to recognise the receiver). The Google maps software not only recognised my receiver but found about 7 satellites very quickly. While the accuracy wasn’t great it was acceptable (about 20 metres down the street).

I decided to see how it’s directions worked to North Sydney (where I work). The route it picked was pretty good; except for the fact that it went straight through a dead end. Not good if I was driving.

If I ask for directions from the same spot on it gives me the same route. Screenshot of the section in question is shown below.

Google maps dead end

Update: The disclaimer on the maps website tells us that

These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, or other events may cause road conditions to differ from the map results.

A dead end that’s been there in my 25 years of living in this area is not exactly a construction project!

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