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by Mike Masnick




MapQuest Lied To Me

from the such-anger dept

These days, it seems that it's become a common refrain for people who are late to something to explain that it was all MapQuest's fault for leading them astray. It seems that MapQuest has become the main way that anyone finds directions anywhere - and while it works most of the time for most people, the system isn't perfect, and plenty of people find themselve frustrated by MapQuest's mis-directions.

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    Wirehed, 16 Sep 2002 @ 8:49am

    Once bitten, twice shy

    I have been lied to by MapQuest before. Once I tried Yahoo Maps or Expedia, I never went back. The interfaces for the interactive maps were better, the directions are better, and the print outs look better.
    If someone keeps getting bad directions from MapQuest, why do they keep going back? There are plenty of alternatives online. Someday I should compare routes from the different systems to see how they match up.

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    Chris, 16 Sep 2002 @ 8:52am

    Missed it by thiiissss much

    I've found all the online map services are pretty good at getting you within a block or two of your destination, but they often turn you the wrong way on the final turn.

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    Bobby, 16 Sep 2002 @ 11:10am

    Mapquest

    Mapquest isn't bad, but I have found that it often screws up when there are two different streets with similar names. Example: 4th street NW. and 4th Street SW. Mapquest seems to get this wrong every time. Beware!

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    richard, 16 Sep 2002 @ 12:09pm

    still wrong

    Just looking at the MapQuest map of my neighborhood shows that it's five years out of date. A major five-lane street built back in 1997 doesn't appear on the map and several of the smaller streets are either misnamed or missing.

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    Nathan, 16 Sep 2002 @ 12:11pm

    Mapquest lies

    I agree with mapquest mis directing you. I was lucky to have bought Street and Trips by Microsoft. Id suggest you get a package you buy because the features it offers are worth it. Esp for PDA/Laptop ppl on the road.

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    kmonet, 5 Apr 2004 @ 9:53pm

    Mapquest

    Mapquest led me astray twice five years ago-never tried it again. I heard it has degraded further. Try GPS if important-can't use the "Mapquest excuse" for missing the company meeting though. My GPS system has saved me many times.

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    aagg, 13 Aug 2006 @ 12:18pm

    mapquest is bad

    jiffy lube sponsors mapquest. they bring you by a jiffy lube every time you get directions from them. i get directiond myelf by looking on a map.

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    John Prime, 30 Sep 2006 @ 9:11pm

    Its not just mapquest

    I've had wrong directions from all the map sites at times, that's why I've made a habit of checking several when I need directions.

    There's also the fact that even bought map books can contain errors. Locally we get ADC maps, and on several instances there have been missing or incorrect names on streets.

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    CINTHIA, 1 Feb 2007 @ 2:11pm

    UPSET

    I HAVE A PROMBLEM IT SEEM LIKE EVERY TIME I GO ON MAPQUEST IT KICKS ME OUT AND IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME I DONT KNOW IF IT MIGHT BE MY COMPUTER BUT IT IS REALLY UPSETTING ME AND I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT IF SOMEONE TOLD ME WHAT TO DO.

    THANK YOU
    CINTHIA

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