Apple and Google Maps put to the test


The map is being rewritten on both sides of the river because of two big construction projects: the new I-74 bridge and John Deere Road.

Local 4’s James Sears put your phone to the test, comparing Google Maps to Apple’s iPhone map to see if they are keeping up to date.

On John Deere Road in Moline, what we saw on the phones matched the roads.

But at the base of the I-74 bridge in Bettendorf, Apple failed the test leaving drivers confused.

“The maps are not quite clear, so we were just looking for a place to drink and darned if we didn’t hit a dead end here,” says Seth Gramling from Morrison, Illinois.

Griffin Hasler drove in from Iowa City. “My GPS was taking me past that and it ended right there. I thought it went left, I thought it went right, it’s just a circle – so I did a u-turn. I almost did take that ramp to the interstate.”

Google tells Local 4 News, it relies on locals and merchants to keep its maps updated. 

It gives them points to unlock rewards for submitting edits and other information. You can find more information here

Local 4 News reached out to Apple four times this week but have not heard back.

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