Google maps are all wrong. For the 80 million Gen Y generation, the maps do not have the right information.
The BBC recently had a great interview with two map experts who said that maps are not the objective, factual documents we think they are, but biased documents with assumptions, perspective and even goals.
So Google maps, as well as Rand McNally and other maps, are all about the auto age. They show big roads, Interstates, smaller roads, and provide driving times. Here's what they miss:
1.Train stations and train routes. This is a huge mistake. Gen Y and other train travelers want and need to know where stations are and where trains go.
3.Pedestrian walk ways and trails.
4.Maybe in last place, but I'll add rivers, especially those one can canoe or kayak.
Watch how in 10-20 years the maps will all change to meet the needs of Gen Y.
Me and the mayor of our small town in front of a 1932 train map of Wisconsin.