Demolition company tore down wrong house – Google Maps guilty?

Google Maps are smart – Maybe even too smart? Apparently we trust in Google Maps all the time. We drive the route that Google tells us to, we watch Google Maps´ streetview when we want to know something about a place and so on.

But before a demolition company tore down a house – wouldn´t it be smart to double check the address?

According to Billy L. Nabors Demolition mistakenly tore down a duplex at 7601 Calypso Drive in Rowlett, instead of a duplex at 7601 Cousteau Drive, one block away.

They do apologies for the error:

“As an organization we have acknowledged and accepted our mistake since the beginning,” said Billy L. Nabors Demolition, in a statement emailed to “We are devastated that a series of unfortunate events led to something like this and are deeply sorry that this happened.”

This is not the first time that the accuracy of Google Maps has been thrust into the spotlight.

In 2010 a woman sued Google with no luck. She sued Google because she was struck by a car while walking on a rural Utah highway with no sidewalk or pedestrian pathways. She said that Google was providing bad Google Maps directions.