To help make Google Maps as accurate as they can be, Google needs to send cars around cities, the countryside, and more to gather data to ensure that Google Maps is kept as updated as possible. Obviously this wouldn’t be possible all the time as there might be changes that Google could miss or have gotten wrong.
Thankfully, instead of waiting for Google to fix it, the company has announced that users will soon be able to add their own data to Google Maps. According to Google, “We’ve made it easier for you to report road changes with a new, immersive desktop road editing tool. When you see a road missing on maps.google.com, simply click on the side menu button, go to “Edit the map”, and select “Missing Road.” Now the power to map is in your hands!”
Of course, Google isn’t letting everyone make these changes instantly and they state that they will vet the changes that users submit before applying them to Google Maps, but it will no doubt help make the platform more accurate and updated with any real-time changes. Google notes that the feature will be rolled out over the course of the coming months, so if you like the idea of being able to contribute to Google Maps, it could be something to keep an eye out for.