A group of tourists heading towards the famous Blue Mountains in Australia ended up in a rural Australian suburb. Any guess who the guide was! It’s none other than the Google Map.
excited tourists group hundreds in number expecting to sight see the renowned tourist spot of Australian Blue Mountain reached at Dargan, a remote town in New South Wales and having the nearest entrance to the Blue Mountains which take approx. 30 minutes for 20 miles and due to a technical glitch in Google Map which wrongly leads the tourists to the spot.
Perplexed by the high influx of unwanted tourists in the town, residents arranged a sign board bearing message Blue Mountains is not here (Google Maps is wrong) – you need to go to KATOOMBA.”
Karen, a cartographer (retired), who lives in Dargan, doesn’t blame the tourist for this. Speaking to a daily newspaper he says that it happens as tourists not speak English and used Google Map for directions become the victim of this error. Unfortunately, they had to travel 35 KM out of the way and even go back.
Locals found out error soon when they notice the tourist frequently turning up in their towns, even in every few minutes in busy seasons sometimes knocking the door and asking for basic amenities like using toilets or bathroom. This was not the only thing that irritated the locals but also there were some undesired consequences of this incident. High inflow of vehicles and even buses raised the danger for children playing nearby in this tranquil region. It was also harmful to the quality of air in this area. Cigarette butts dropped by the passengers were the serious hazards of this high-risk fire region. The situation jeopardized the very normal life of the town.
The imbroglio led the numerous complaints to Google, but in vein. The Tech giant corrected this mistake only after the intervention of the media. Now the search result ‘Blue Mountain’ on Google Map search engine would lead you into a pin dropped in centre of the national park.
Clarifying the mistake Google blamed the third party data providers for this error and also requested the users to report such mistakes to improve the service.