Google Maps Locate Button Scarily Accurate (UK)!

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  1. dombookpro macrumors member

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    Just did a quick test at home, and the centre of the cross hair was my house! No kidding, it was spot on... Scary ****! (London) How is everyone else getting on? Wondering how accurate this baby is

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  2. Rankrotten macrumors 6502

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    Yep same here in Glasgow. The radius of the circle is fairly wide but the cross hairs line up on my living room :eek:
     
  3. Schmoe0013 macrumors regular

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    ha, i'm out in the boondocks in minnesota, and it was within a mile!!

    very scary indeed!
     
  4. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    Damn, mine must not be working correctly. My crosshairs line up a whole 10 feet away from my living room and my circle encompasses our building and the ones directly across from us on each corner. :rolleyes:

    Seriously, this might as well be GPS, at least for downtown Boston. I don't think it'd be any more accurate for this location at least.

    EDIT: Ooh! love the new directions option for starting or ending at "Current Location" i.e. my living room lol.
     
  5. dombookpro thread starter macrumors member

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    I reckon that you're gonna get a better hit with it if you're in an urban area with many mobile antennas (or cell towers for u yanks :) )

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  6. Phil A. Moderator

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    Within a mile here. How many towers can your phone "see"? (dial *3001#12345#* and press Call from the phone screen, then go to Cell information)
    There are 7 entries listed here which I believe means my phone can see 7 towers (could be wrong though!)
     
  7. myphone macrumors 6502

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    Not here in Colorado, USA. It's 5 miles off from my location.
     
  8. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    I see 7 too...weird coincidence?
     
  9. fiftydollarshoe macrumors regular

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    Agreed. I'm in London and it got my street and the position in the street ! When I dropped the pin it was literally on my house number ! GPS ? Who needs it !
     
  10. Schmoe0013 macrumors regular

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  11. Random hero macrumors regular

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    im in the uk but live at the arse end of nowhere, got me within 3 miles which i was suprised about.
     
  12. redgaz26 macrumors 68020

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    I live 12 miles from Glasgow and its got me in Columbia.
    Beat that
     
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  14. Rankrotten macrumors 6502

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    Seven cells listed in field test also.

    Anyone know if traffic works in the UK yet?
     
  15. Hustle macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, US only.
     
  16. Random hero macrumors regular

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    I dont think Traffic will ever work in the uk :(
     
  17. Hustle macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't work to well for me. Using Edge and sitting in my living room, it got me down to about 2 square miles. I'm living in London.
     
  18. dombookpro thread starter macrumors member

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    Gonna have fun trying testing in the field tomorrow (well, not literally in the field, that would be ridiculous)

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  19. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Scary accurate.
    Wide circle, but dropped the pin and it was within a few meters of me.
     
  20. vincebio macrumors 6502a

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    this is now perfect for those occasions when youve drunk 8 bottles of buckfast, and have a powercut....so u can now get directions from your living room to your toilet and back again safely.....:D
     
  21. nickjaco macrumors newbie

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  22. penx macrumors newbie

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    I think it's using personal data that Apple has to link IP addresses/MAC addresses on your network to a location, e.g. when you registered your Mac or Airport with Apple.

    It's telling my housemate that he is currently at *my* previous address, 7 miles away.

    This is pretty worrying as it's sharing my personal information (previous addresses) that I had no idea I'd given Apple permission to use.
    I just submitted a story about this to MacRumors so perhaps they'll put it up - though my housemate doesn't think it's too big a deal.
     
  23. portseven macrumors newbie

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    Didn't work at all for me!!! Just said 'unable to determine location'

    In Derbyshire, UK
     
  24. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    very impressed, was a bit vague until i did directions it went from my street, nice one.
     
  25. Random hero macrumors regular

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    Where abouts in derbyshire?
     

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