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05:40 pm: Google Maps search has gone really odd recently. It is terribly, terribly, confused. If I type in

if i type init takes me to
Surrey QuaysElephant
Chalk Farmthe right place, which is labelled "Chalk Farm, Kensington"
West HampsteadBritannia junction (Camden Town tube station)
Upper ClaptonHackney Town Hall
Lower Claptonthe right place, which is labelled "Lower Clapton, Lewisham"
Cubitt TownNorth Greenwich
DeptfordLadywell
LewishamLadywell
New CrossLadywell
Silvertownthe right place, which is labelled "Silvertown, Bexley"
North Sheen"North Sheen, Kensington"
HendonHigh Barnet (High Street)
Golders GreenHigh Barnet (High Street)
Penge, LondonBiggin Hill [!!!!]
West HamCanning Town


I would be really careful using it for navigation within London.

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From:janieluk
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
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That does sound rather screwy. As someone who uses Google Maps for all my navigation needs, I hope I don't end up riding my motorbike into the sea next time I try and head out of town.
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From:blue_mai
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
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woah
From:tsuki_chama
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Same for me, how strange!

Though that said, you have to have the map somewhere near London before you start. Mine defaults to Bournemouth, and searching for Surrey Quays found me quays in the county of Surrey!
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From:abigailb
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it seems to be somewhat context sensitive. All these can also be reproduced by putting ", London" at the end.
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From:owlfish
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
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This is vaguely comforting. Last week, I printed out a GoogleMap to show me how to get to a place on Kingsland Road, not realizing that the map showed me how to get to the same address on Shoreditch High Street, which isn't *quite* the same thing, even if it's close. I was less than a 10 minute walk from my destination, but still....
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From:abigailb
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
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This was triggered by me trying to find Pizza Tow on High Road Leytonstone. If you type "10 High Road Leytonstone" in it sends you to Ilford High Road, if you type "120 High Road Leytonstone" it sends you to High Road in Woodford Green. (I don't know whether there actually is a 10 or 120 High Road Leytonstone but still).
From:thatmakesmemad
Date:July 16th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Post codes work.
If you put in a post code in that area and then search on name it gets it right.
If you fail to use the right case then it will give you the wrong place with a suggestion of the right place with capitals in the right place.
Database query problems linking the wrong records perhaps.
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From:friend_of_tofu
Date:July 16th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Agreed, Google maps really aren't that reliable. They regularly show the wrong road names in our area, that I know.
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From:abigailb
Date:July 16th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
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They get the segment of road I work named wrong (it is the start of Wardour Street, not the end of Whitcomb Street)

The odd thing is I'm sure this used to work, and it's not like the actual labels on the map are in the wrong place, it just looks like their index is borken.
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From:squirmelia
Date:July 16th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Do you still use Open Street Map at all?
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From:abigailb
Date:July 17th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
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Yeah, increasingly, but routing is still rather experimental (and is more affected by small inconsistencies in the data). OSM gets all of these that I tried much better (assuming you type ", London" at the end).
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