[OSM-talk] Error in Google-Maps

Maarten Deen mdeen at xs4all.nl
Thu Jan 29 06:50:13 GMT 2009

D Tucny wrote:
> 2009/1/28 andrzej zaborowski <balrogg at gmail.com>

>> Check out
>> http://sautter.com/map/?zoom=14&lat=-5.06418&lon=-39.0461&layers=B000TFFF
>> , this whole region on Google Maps is somebody's rich imagination and
>> lots of creativity.  Roads are > 20km off.
> That looks like vmap0 level of quality...
> The vmap0 dataset seems to have been used by a number of mapping providers
> as at least the base for parts of the world where they have no coverage, the
> resolution is incredibly low and the quality is horrible... What it does do,
> is make it look like there is map coverage in an area that would otherwise
> just be blank, of course, it's of virtually no use to anyone...

It is useful as a plain paper map. As long as you don't let yourself be lead
by GPS at all times, it is not really important if the road is placed exactly
correct. Als long as you have junctions and road numbers, you'll get to your
It is when you start using a GPS to lead you and it tells you to turn left
because it thinks the road is some 3 miles to your left when this map is not


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