Another Thing That Apple Needs To Fix In iOS 6 Maps: Overlapping Streets

Another Thing That Apple Needs To Fix In iOS 6 Maps: Overlapping Streets

Yikes.

By now you’ve heard about the many problems with Apple’s new Maps app in iOS 6. It can be unreliable and just flat out wrong pretty often, and many well-known locations are either missing or severely misplaced. Maps will get better over time, but Apple has a lot of work to do.

David Bonnefoy upgraded to iOS 6 on his iPhone and noticed many of the same issues that have been reported on for weeks. There were also several points of interest that were misplaced due to overlapping streets.

I realized that many are located as if the streets were much wider than they really are, to the point they sometime overlap with the next parallel street. So the points of interest are pushed away from the streets into the buildings, and sometimes they are closer to the next street – which is very confusing.

The above screenshot is a part of Paris, and Bonnefoy has drawn attention to the many inconsistencies.

In the figure, the businesses on ‘Rue d’Enghien’ are located as if the street was extended to the pink lines and those on ‘Rue de l’Echiquier’ as if that second street was extended to the orange lines. The businesses on the map are moved as shown by the arrows, and thus the places on those two streets are mixed up.

Bonnefoy is right, it is kind of scary that these kinds of mapping errors are present in a city like Paris. Hopefully we’ll see dramatic improvements soon. In the meantime, you can report Maps problems to Apple inside the app.

  • Len Williams

    I used Apple Maps in the iPhone 4S yesterday with turn by turn directions for the first time yesterday, twice, then once today. I live in the relatively small city of Clearwater, Florida in the U.S., and I put Maps and Siri through several tests, inputing addresses by number and street and by simply naming the store or location I wanted to go to. I even asked Siri if there were another location of a certain store, and she gave me a list of 3 alternates to select, then delivered the map and turn-by-turn driving instructions automatically. I’d heard such terrible things about Maps in iOS 6, but my testing of it yesterday was WONDERFUL. It was such an easy and intuitive experience that I’m retiring my standalone Magellan GPS unit that has been a godsend for 3 years. Apple Maps and voice input through Siri makes getting to where I want to go locally a snap and FAST.

    I know that Maps has been badly criticized for inaccuracies, but in my personal experience, it’s flawless. I think this should be known to have a balanced view of what Apple has done, and that many users have zero issues with it.

  • Steven King

    I`m in your area Len and have run the same tests on Apple maps here (Sarasota Florida) with not a single problem.

    Apparently we lucked out.
    :)

    Not only do I have 0 issues with the app I consider it a great improvement over Google Maps for iOS considering it had no turn by turn nav ability.

  • Lane Jasper

    I agree with below comments. I haven’t had a single issue and I’m sure Apple is on the fixes anyway. old topic.

  • Hawk_Ky

    I live in the middle of nowhere Iowa and I have had ZERO issues with maps. I often drive on sidestreets to larger cities and have used it multiple times driving to Chicago, no issues at any point.

  • Jeffrey Campbell

    Same here, I’m from Sydney, Australia and have had zero issues with Apple Maps, love ‘em.

  • nolavabo

    I’m guessing that errors such as POI and street positioning not lining up comes from drawing data from different databases that are just slightly off. For example, in Paris if you search for an address the red pin is accurate, but if you ask for directions the target destination is sometimes not drawn to the same place as the red pin, sometimes wildly so. POI seems to align to the directions’ DB, not the “red pin” DB.

    After reporting about a dozen problems of this nature on the street where I live, they were suddenly all fixed en masse after 11 days (I checked!). This further suggests that for at least my street the two databases were corrected to match up properly. Just a FYI, the one and only time I ever reported an error to Google Maps they took 3 days to fix it.

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