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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 05:52 PM

Mayor of Sardinian village blames Google Maps for lost tourists

Source: The Guardian

Mayor of Sardinian village blames Google Maps for lost tourists

Rescuers in Baunei called out 144 times in past year to save visitors from impassable roads

Angela Giuffrida in Rome
Tue 15 Oct 2019 15.14 BST
Last modified on Tue 15 Oct 2019 18.45 BST

The mayor of a town in Sardinia is to attempt to end the use of Google Maps by tourists in his local area because visitors keep getting lost on mountain roads.

Salvatore Corrias, the mayor of Baunei, a mountain village in Ogliastra province, advised people to use traditional paper maps as “so many” visitors have had to be rescued after being led astray.

Drivers have found themselves on impassable roads of the Supramonte mountain range as they endeavoured to reach the white-sand beaches along the island’s east coast, while hikers have also got lost. In the past year, the fire service or mountain rescue team have been called out 144 times to save stranded tourists.

“What happens is that people aren’t used to the dirt roads in the area and so rely on Google Maps,” Corrias told the Guardian. “But after a while they realise that they are not on a proper road, and so we have to go and rescue them. We have had so many instances, especially in recent years – unfortunately Google Maps does not take people to the places they want to go.”

Road signs have now been put up by the local police with the message: “Do not follow the directions suggested by Google Maps”. Corrias will also intensify an information campaign on social media while providing people with paper maps.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/15/sardinian-village-blames-google-maps-lost-tourists

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 06:11 PM

1. I have the same problem.

Google can be wrong. Shocking, eh?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 09:34 PM

2. This makes me think of the first time I drove to Cape Canaveral to watch a rocket launch.


Google told me to drive *through* Kennedy Space Center.

Unfortunately there was a big metal gate topped with razor wire in my way, & the nice lady with a gun didn't think that was a good idea.

She was very polite & didn't shoot me, so it all worked out in the end.

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