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Gaia GPS & China’s GPS Restrictions

The Chinese version of Google Maps shows the monument in the correct location on both the imagery and the street map when a user searches for its GCJ-02 coordinates. Credit: Google Inc.

In the interest of national security, the Chinese government strictly controls geographic data, and deliberately skews maps of the country to protect sensitive buildings and facilities. These restrictions cause offsets in the data when using GPS navigation or digital maps, but the OpenStreetMap (OSM) based maps in Gaia GPS don’t have this problem, and this… Read More »