Google Maps goes it alone

By John Bowman, CBCNews.ca

The blog ReadWriteWeb is reporting that Google Maps will no longer get its U.S. map data from Tele Atlas and will instead go it alone, relying on its own data.

And where did Google get its own map data? From all those cars collecting Street View pictures, of course.

Well, that and the U.S. government. On its Lat Long Blog, Google says it will integrate census, surveying, forestry and geological data to create a more accurate map data set.

Google also added a "Report a Problem" link to Google Maps in the U.S., so updating and correcting errors in the map data is being crowd-source to some extent, as well.

This is only affecting Google Maps in the U.S., though. In Canada, the service still carries the Tele Atlas copyright notice.