Google Maps Sends Travelers to My House: NJ Woman
State park seekers directed to private driveway
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2011 4:01 PM CDT
A screen grab of Google Maps from near the park.   (Google Maps)

(Newser) – Get driving directions to a New Jersey state park on Google Maps, and you just may end up in a private driveway. The mapping error has been the source of endless frustration for resident Laurie Gneiding and her husband, she tells the Star-Ledger. “It started with one or two people but last year dozens of people were coming up.” Last year, the couple put up four “No Trespassing” signs; next, they set up an 8-foot traffic barrier, but people keep trying.

The couple lives in a log cabin that backs onto Round Valley State Park. For a long time, they didn’t know the cause of the confusion, but finally someone told them Google had led him there. “My biggest fear is coming home someday and having ‘visitors’ in my backyard pool or something happening to my dogs when they’re in their outside pen,” she says. She has reported the problem to Google five times, to no avail; a rep for the tech giant says she doesn’t know when it will be fixed.

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Jul 12, 2011 5:27 PM CDT
Why doesn't she start reporting these people for trespassing? If every person that trespasses on her property receives a fine, and they're told that it's because Google refuses to fix their error, I'm betting the added heat Google receives will be enough to get something done.
Jul 12, 2011 4:18 PM CDT
I followed Google Maps once to a Best Buy, and ended up in the middle of a trailer park. Speaking of Best Buy, I used voice recognition on my EVO 4G to search for the "nearest Best Buy", and it thought I said "nearest place to die".
Jul 12, 2011 4:18 PM CDT
What was that address again?