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Lost In Shanghai? Your Map Is Counterfeit

Shanghai (AFP) Sep 22, 2005
Can't seem to navigate China's mammoth city of Shanghai? Check your map, it's probably counterfeit.

An increasing number of drivers in Shanghai are having trouble getting to their destinations when the rely on their car's GPS navigation system because many electronic maps installed are fake, the Shanghai Daily reported.

The government is aware of the problem but is at loss over how to handle it because there are no statutes on its books to deal with such a modern phenomena, the newspaper said Thursday.

Although the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping granted eight companies the right to produce electronic navigation maps only six months ago the number of counterfeit, and misleading, maps exceed genuine ones.

The report did not make clear whether the companies themselves were to blame.

"Generally a GPS device costs about 10,000 yuan (1,233 dollars) but a fake one equipped with a counterfeit electric map can be available for several thousand yuan or even less," said Benita Wei, from Shanghai Changxiang Computer Co, one of the eight companies producing maps.

Though the accuracy is doubtful many buyers opt to spend less, Wei said.

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