Google Maps denies: GPS does not offer dangerous mountain routes
Google is again accused by hikers of offering dangerous routes for beginners in the mountains. This time, it is an Irish association which points the finger at the application, which it considers irresponsible. The Mountain View firm responded by explaining that its tool does not show routes, but rather landmarks.
Is Google Maps trying to kill you? Although a bit sensational, we are entitled to ask the question when we observe the routes offered by the application in the mountains. If we can decently admit that this one has no impulses of murderous, it nevertheless clearly puts in danger the a little too reckless hikers who would follow his instructions to the letter. John Trust Muir, a Scottish watchdog, was the first to sound the alarm. His statements have just been confirmed by the Irish association Mountaineering Ireland.
The problem is particularly at the level of the mountain Cuilcagh, very popular at the moment on the social networks. At first glance harmless, she hides her game well once at the top. Indeed, it turns out to be much more difficult to descend, even dangerous for novice adventurers. However, attracted by the videos and photos seen on Instagram or TikTok, many people want to climb to the top every day. And this, without being equipped with thee minimum material required.
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“Even though it is the closest point to the mountain on the public road, the main starting point is on the northern slope of the mountain, about half an hour away. I know that one of the people involved in the management of Cuilcagh has tried several times to have the Google pin removed from the top of Cuilcagh, but it is still there ”says Helen Lawless, a member of Mountaineering Ireland. For its part, Google believes thathe is not the cause of recklessness in this sector.
According to the firm, Maps does not show routes allowing to climb to the top of the mountain. “We have investigated the reported places and confirmed that our navigation instructions do not lead people on dangerous roads”, indicates a spokesperson. “The dotted gray arc at the end of the navigation is not a walking route, but rather a way to show people how far they are from the destination when the roads cannot take them to the destination. end. “
Source: The Sun