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#1 2017-03-12 13:46:16

mapping man
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Google Maps added footpaths from OSM

I believe that Google is using OSM data to add footpaths to its own maps.  There have been several occasions that I have added footpaths to OSM and later, sometimes months, they appear on Google maps.

Has anyone else noticed this?

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#2 2017-03-12 20:48:31

stephan75
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Re: Google Maps added footpaths from OSM

can you give us precise examples?

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#3 2017-03-14 09:52:30

mapping man
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Re: Google Maps added footpaths from OSM

Yes, I mapped the footpaths here in the park and along some of the streets a few months ago http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/52.02226/-0.80797 and now google is showing something very similar https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0223368 … 548,16.25z.  The footpaths seem too detailed for googles mapping standards, expically as they are on both sides of the road.

I recently added added a foothpath alongside 'The High Street' here http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/52.03899/-0.80958 but google does not show anything. https://www.google.com/maps/@52.0383647,-0.8062764,17z.  It will be interesting to see if it appears.

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#4 2017-03-14 10:36:58

ligfietser
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Re: Google Maps added footpaths from OSM

Here you can compare both maps, use the slider in the upper right corner. Doesn't look like Google has copied OSM, there are slight differences: https://mc.bbbike.org/mc/?lon=-0.808608 … 50&marker=

Last edited by ligfietser (2017-03-14 10:38:13)

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#5 2017-03-15 09:39:43

mapping man
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Re: Google Maps added footpaths from OSM

ligfietser wrote:

Here you can compare both maps, use the slider in the upper right corner. Doesn't look like Google has copied OSM, there are slight differences: https://mc.bbbike.org/mc/?lon=-0.808608 … 50&marker=

Thanks, didn't know about this site.  Very useful.

As for me with Google, the jury is still out.  It seems very similar.  I will keep a lookout, especially with my edits.

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#6 2017-03-15 09:54:23

ligfietser
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Re: Google Maps added footpaths from OSM

I don't think it's suspicious because those paths exist and Google has mapped many (urban) footpaths elsewhere as well.

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