Google Maps blamed after wrong house is demolished (video)

Construction company claim the tool pointed them to the other house

Google Maps Blamed After Wrong House Is Demolished

Google Maps may occasionally point people in the wrong direction but now the service is being blamed for one company's fairly big mistake.

WFAA is reporting that Billy L. Nabors Demolition in Texas tore down a wrong house, and employees later pointed the blame at Google Maps.

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According to Mashable both addresses, the building that was supposed to be raised at 7601 Cousteau Drive and the duplex that was ultimately taken down at 7601 Calypso Drive, point to the same location.

Understandably the owners of the duplex were shocked and horrified to find their homes had been torn down, particularly given that they were preparing to repair damage caused by a tornado in December.

However when they reached out to the demolition company they reportedly got a screenshot via text message saying that Google Maps pointed them to the wrong house.

It's also been reported that the company's CEO has been quoted as saying the mix-up wasn't 'a big deal'.

At least one of the owners has filed a police report and is waiting to find out more about the insurance coverage for the incident.

This isn't the first time Google Maps has run into trouble either.

Last year Chiswick Bridge, which crosses the River Thames by Mortlake in London, momentarily disappeared from the maps feature causing travel chaos.

While the bridge wasn't being shown on the map drivers were sent on an unnecessary five mile detour around the capital city.

Meanwhile both Basingstoke in the UK and Sunrise in Florida, USA, both disappeared from Google Maps in 2014 and 2010 respectively.

Google announced at the end of last year that they would be revamping their Street View feature so it would also include the wilderness and building interiors.

This means you would be able to virtually head off road or inside.

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