If it's not on Google Maps, does it really exist?

by Ted Jardine Wednesday, March 31, 2010 12:07 PM

The Golden Ears Bridge opened June 16, 2009. And while it can't be seen from space, it's a fairly significant bit of road infrastructure (you know, the six-lane bridge kind of road infrastructure). However, on both Google Maps and Bing Maps, almost a year later it's, ummm...still kind of missing:



To say nothing of the significant additions all around the bridge.

I finally investigated what to do about this, and got around to submitting it to Tele Atlas and NAVTEQ, the main suppliers of the actual maps to Google. And lo and behold, I received an email this morning:

Thank you for contacting Tele Atlas. Based on a review of your report, we can now confirm that the change you suggested has been made. It will go out in the next release of our map database. This report is now closed.

Tele Atlas supplies maps to the companies that make devices or applications, not directly to the people who use them. We update the map we supply so these companies can incorporate the map update in their own systems. When this process is complete, your change will be made available to you. It may be possible to purchase an updated map; please contact your device manufacturer or application provider for further information.

Thanks again for your willingness to help keep Tele Atlas maps up-to-date and accurate!

Please do not reply as this is an automated email.

The Tele Atlas Map Insight Support Team

Now we'll just see when the updates propagate to Google and Bing (apparently it's now up on MapQuest). And even better, when the Google Street View car/bike takes a trip over it (I wonder if it will have to pay the toll?).



UPDATE: And no, while I'd like to think it was *my* submission that led to the update, I'm well aware that it was probably just part of the critical mass. I do wonder however, how many submissions were actually made.


UPDATE 2: Google now has it (May 2010)! But Bing Maps still doesn't.


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