Google Maps Most Reliable Mapping App, Smokes Apple Maps with Far Fewer Errors

When it comes to Apple’s much-maligned Maps, anecdotes about the app’s mapping errors are easy to find. But data makes a more compelling argument, and that’s what CrowdFlower set out to get. The results of its research led CrowdFlower to peg Google Maps as the most accurate mapper out there, with Bing taking place and Apple’s Maps taking second place. That’s in the U.S. – take Apple Maps to the U.K., and things start to get hairy.

Crowdflower Mapping Results

Business location accuracy results for major mapping services. Image credit: CrowdFlower

CrowdFlower’s test involved determining the correct addresses of 1,000 U.S. businesses and 100 U.K. businesses before using Apple, Bing, and Google Maps to search for those those locations. The results paint a grim picture for Apple Maps, while making Google Maps look like the best option.

When CrowdFlower searched for a business with Google Maps, the service came up with the right business and address 88% of the time in the U.S. and U.K. Apple Maps, however, was accurate in that test only 71% of the time in the U.S. and a mere 33% in the U.K. So, Apple Maps has some ground to make up in the race for the best mapping service. Luckily, iOS users aren’t stuck with it anymore – Google Maps is now available for iOS.