Qld govt urges Google to fix outback maps

Qld govt urges Google to fix outback maps


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The Queensland government's says Google's Maps app adds hours to travel times on outback roads.

The Queensland government's says Google's Maps app adds hours to travel times on outback roads.

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Over claims inflated travel times are deterring tourists to the outback.

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The Queensland government is urging Google to urgently fix its Maps app over claims inflated travel times are deterring tourists to the outback.

Acting Premier Cameron Dick said he would send a letter to the head of Google Australia and New Zealand, Mel Silva, asking her to fast-track amendments of the travel times, which outback businesses say add up to six hours to journeys.

"We are so dependant on those apps now to get us around cities, to get us around towns, and to get us around big states like Queensland ... and we need to ensure those apps and the information they are providing are as accurate as possible," he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

Mr Dick said Google had already updated some travel times at the request of outback businesses, but even updated journey times were still not accurate.

He said it was crucial this occurred quickly in 2019, which the government has declared The Year of Outback Tourism.

Mr Dick said the Department of Transport and Main Roads would be happy to provide Google with any assistance needed.

"If Google comes back to us, we have one of the most detailed road networks in the world in Queensland, and our department would be able to provide that more accurate information if required," he said.

The state government last year announced it would pump $10 million into 15 new outback tourism projects including glamping, luxury artesian baths, a glass-floored bridge across Cobbold Gorge and a new home for Australia's biggest fossil: Cooper the dinosaur.

Australian Associated Press

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