Google Maps faces a block in France over transportation recommendations at the Olympics

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2024 is the year of the Olympic Games, with all the preparations that an event of the maximum magnitude needs. And in the Paris area they are very concerned about mobility: the transport entity of the Ile-de-France, the region where the capital is located, wants distribute all the influx of

The free map app not only puts us on the ground, it also guides us from one point to another regardless of the means of transportation. By car is the usual, although Google Maps also serves to guide you by bicycle, on foot and by public transport, a true wonder in the

In a transport network that is expected to collapse, the

As we can read in Jeux Video, concern about transportation during the days in which the Olympic Games (July 26 to August 11) and the Paralympic Games (August 28 to September 8) are held is on the rise. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, already expressed in November 2023 their doubts regarding the capacity of the transport network to assume mobility during the Olympic dates. And those responsible are evaluating all the aspects that may affect said mobility.

Laurent Probst, head of Île-de-France Mobilités, expressed concern for the responsibility that Google Maps could have in destabilizing the Parisian transport network. Since the mapping application seeks to take its users from one point to another following the shortest and fastest route, This mechanism could clash with influx forecasts that the transport entity will handle for the different competitions. In anticipation, Île-de-France Mobilités requests that Maps and other similar applications, such as City Mapper, restrict routes so that only the entity’s official application, “Paris Public Transport 2024”, can be used.

The transport network plans to distribute the spectators attending the different competitions in the most efficient way possible for said network and without the risk of saturating the busiest lines. Even plans use alternative routes that could be longer than usual, all to avoid crowds as much as possible. Since Google Maps works differently, Île-de-France Mobilités asks that other applications use the same routing strategy.

As stated by Laurent Probst:

«We have asked that they transmit our transportation plans so that the

Would it be feasible for France to block applications with the importance of Google Maps in the country? Surely not, especially since Île-de-France Mobilités trust that companies with guidance applications They will assume the requirements by offering the routes recommended by the transport entity. Although we will see how events develop: there are six months left to find out.

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