eXtensions - Sunday 16 July 2017
Data Updates to Apple and Google Map apps Delayed
By Graham K. Rogers
Driving through Luton is just not on for me; and heading a few miles further north may add to the delays in a different way. The authorities recognised this a few years ago and have now built a new link from the M1: Junction 11A. This cuts across country north of Luton and Dunstable, coming out on the old A5 (Watling Street - the old Roman Road) between Dunstable and Hockliffe. I had seen a Ministry of Transport Map when the opening was announced, and as the car I will be renting has CarPlay, I had a look at Apple Maps.
When I moved to this condo I watched the final construction and testing of the BTS Skytrain extension, that now ends at Bang Wa on Petchkasem Road, Bangkok. Apple Maps did not reflect a true picture of the elevated railway, only showing the track bed: no rails or signalling, and certainly no trains. This remained the same for well over a year until finally the maps were updated. Now the track, stations and even a train can be seen on the satellite view, although the Map view is less clear. Google Maps showed similar views at that time.
BTS Thaladphlu - Visibility
North of Dunstable as shown on Apple's Maps app
North of Dunstable as shown on Google Maps app
More recent information from the Ministry of Transport (with an image) suggests that the link has been of considerable value, "providing road users with better journeys, and congestion through Dunstable's high street has also begun to ease" (Highways England).
M1 - A5 link: Image from Highways England
I will give this road a try in a couple of days, but I am going to rely on my eyes and the signposts, not the map apps.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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