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A Banner in Goa warns tourists not to use Google Maps as it shows wrong directions to Baga Beach

Google Maps is infamous for showing wrong directions to tourists who are on their way to Baga Beach. There is a popular, but wrong route that misleads people to a completely different location. Tourists have often taken that route before realising that they have reached a wrong destination when they travelled by that road, using Google Maps. Looking at the situation, recently a banner has been put up in that area and that tells tourists that they have come in the wrong direction. A picture of this banner was taken by someone and posted via Twitter.

This picture has gained more than 700 reactions with 213 re-tweets. The banner not only tells tourists that they are going in the wrong direction but also, gives them the correct way to Baga beach. In some of the tweets, people wrote about their personal experiences of how they ended up in the same location before realising that they have come in the wrong direction. One user shared his experience about how, when he was travelling from Delhi to Chandigarh, Google Maps mislead him.

The good news surrounding Google Maps is that it is about to come with AR (Augmented Reality) for a better navigation experience. The new feature that will come as a result of this is to be named as ‘Global Localization’. It is supposed to combine Google Street View with Visual Positioning and then bind them with machine learning. Google will soon release a beta version of this update for a few individuals who are local guides. With the help of AR, users will be able to know where they are and in which direction they are facing.

This feature allows users to point their smartphone’s camera to different locations using machine learning and tells users their exact location and name of the place. Also, it shows them which direction to turn to by pointing an arrow towards their destination.

At the moment this fiasco needs to be solved by Google. Hopefully, the company has taken note and will rectify the error. Since Google Maps is open software, some registered users can also modify destinations, roads, and areas. It is a possibility, that a local Google guide made this mistake of identifying the right destination. Whatever the case maybe, users are getting lost and are not reaching the right destination.

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