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Wrong house gets demolished due to Google Maps error

Google Maps allegedly mixed up two addresses in Texas, which resulted in a demolition company razing the wrong house.

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GPS-based maps are not always accurate, not even Google’s. A demolition company in the US tore down the wrong house in Texas, and has put the blame solely on Google Maps. The company was tasked with demolishing a duplex in Cousteau Drive, but ended up tearing down a duplex in Calypso Drive instead, WFAA reports. Both houses were just a street apart from each other in the town of Rowlett, right outside of Dallas, Texas. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card

The duplex at 7601 and 7603 Cousteau Drive, was recently damaged in a Tornado and was scheduled for demolition. Billy L. Nabors Demolition company however ended up demolishing the duplex at 7601 and 7603 Calypso Drive, owned by Alan Cutter and Lindsay Diaz. Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users

The company has however said that it is “not a big deal” and has blamed Google Maps. The report says that if you searched 7601 Cousteau Drive on Google Maps, it would show you 7601 Calypso Drive instead. Google hasn’t revealed the reason behind the mix-up or apologized either, but at the time of filing this story it seems to have fixed the issue. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends

While blaming Google Maps is easy, it seems strange and downright irresponsible on the demolition company’s part for not having double-checked the location. The company is so dependent on the service that its employees didn’t realize the mistake on their own. After all, Cousteau Drive and Calypso Drive doesn’t sound the same by any stretch. While many, including us, have made fun of Apple Maps at times, Engadget says that both addresses are correct on Apple’s app.

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  • Published Date: March 25, 2016 12:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: March 25, 2016 12:31 PM IST



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