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Google urged to map the changing face of Donegal

Google cars have become a common sight on our roads.

A COUNCILLOR is calling on the local authority to notify Google and all other e-mappers of changes to local road layouts.

Cllr Michael McBride said he was prompted to table the motion at a sitting of Letterkenny Municipal District on Monday following a mix-up in the summertime which led to an appointment running late.

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The Independent Councillor asked Donegal County Council to inform Google and other relevant e-mappers of all changes to road layouts and the dates the changes go live.

Cllr McBride had been due to attend an appointment close to Unifi. However, with the road having been closed off his visitor was redirected to the Mountain Top area.

“I was in Letterkenny one day in the summer for an appointment to meet a man who was travelling from Cavan. He didn’t show up until 20 minutes after we were due to meet, but when we did meet up he told me that when he put the directions into his Google maps he ended up at the Mountain Top. Google software had not been updated.”

Mr McBride said as the incident happened in the height of tourist season he had no doubt visitors to Letterkenny unfamiliar with the layout of the town would have also encountered problems. He said improving the system would also be beneficial for business people visiting the locality.

“I think when planning is done, the new information should be sent to Google and other e-mappers.”

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