Countless times already have I used Google’s amazing feature called maps. Admittedly, if you know me, you might wonder how I can be advertising Google. At least as often as I used google maps, I have told people about google’s evilness. They’re making their users transparent in ways most people can’t even imagine — transparent to other users (just like Facebook does) but, more importantly, transparent to themselves and their advertising customers. Technically skilled people reading my blog probably just nod and scoll down now… :) Well, there still is something about Google that makes me use their developments: they are good. I don’t know any other online service to create own maps, get directions etc. with as much detail and huge amount of data as google delivers. Thus, Google maps became my main source for locations and directions world wide. As such, I wanted to use it to get directions between places in Berlin, Germany. Apparently, Google’s software had some kind of hick up or whatever, though. They got the directions right but somehow I doubt the map is anyhow related to what I requested. See for yourself…Google maps irritatedYes, yes, no software is perfect… but still :)


  1. Jan Hudec says:

    Pardon me? I’d don’t use Google for directions, because their map data is simply horrible. I suppose they are good in Germany, but for Central and Eastern Europe, they have both lower coverage and lower precision (the labels over satellite images don’t match) than other map servers.

    To be fair, Bing maps are utter mess, since they totally screwed detail levels and the JavaScript for selecting from map on NavteQ simply sucks. I normally use local map servers, but I don’t know whether there is one in Germany. OpenStreetMaps is nice, but the coverage is somewhat random. I’d try Yahoo though.

  2. JJ says:

    You forgot to uncheck the “avoid Canada” option.

  3. Jan Hudec says:

    One more note. We have a newish (open since 20th September) Morotway around here (Prague). From many maps servers I checked, the local ones (,, OpenStreetMap (, NavteQ ( and Bing ( have it, plus Yahoo ( half-have it, meaning they will route on it, but not display it. Just Google still has no clue. (Yahoo and Bing get the data from NavteQ anyway).

  4. davux says:

    Don’t be scared. According to the scale, you only have to drive for about 2 kilometers.

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