Update: It seems Michael Jones of Google found the Wayne Independant story and updated the one way street on Google Maps. Per the paper, he looks for such stories everyday. Apparently MapQuest has also been notified.
By the way, the original story didn’t even mention Google or Google Maps, just “GPS.” Notes the paper in updating the story: “While Google Maps is not used in most vehicle GPS devices, Google Maps is used in about 270 kinds of mobile phones, Jones said.”
Also, comments from the original article include one from a NAVTEQ rep who confirmed the change had been made in their database, too. That was not mentioned in the update article, which is too bad; good job NAVTEQ! So, it looks like Google and NAVTEQ are “watching” for such issues; anyone else?
- Wayne Indepenant
—- original post 3/12/10——
“No one told the GPS satellite about Honesdale’s new one-way traffic pattern.”
“Attempts to find someone in charge of GPS has not been successful.”
- Peter Becker noting how local officials in Honesdale, PA are not being successful in finding someone to update maps in GPS devices to reflect one-way streets, in the Wayne Independant
These explanations may help Mr. Becker and Coucilman Jennings find satisfaction:
The GPS system is run by the Air Force. It uses twenty odd satellites that send signals to devices called GPS receivers. The receivers use the signals to determine the location of the receiver. Then, maps and software on the receivers create the routes.
So, the people you really need to contact to get the maps updated are the two main companies that provides those maps: NAVTEQ and Tele Atlas. Both have online tools to report such errors, but you might want to talk to someone.