Hey Google, where’s our new Peace bridge?

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It may be open almost six weeks and thousands may have walked across it but there’s no sign of Derry’s Peace bridge on the world’s most used map.

Internet giant Google - whose maps are estimated to have been used around one billion times since launching in 2005 - say they hope to “refresh” their coverage of the city “as soon as possible” - complete with the iconic £14.6million bridge.

“Certain pockets in a given region or town may be omitted because it’s difficult to cover every street, but we try to cover as much as we can when we drive areas,” a Google spokeswoman told the ‘Journal’ yesterday.

“Like satellite imagery, we plan to refresh coverage and fill in gaps as soon as possible.”

Google’s map allows users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery and online visitors to Derry can take a virtual walk around the Walls, the People’s Gallery and Free Derry Corner.

But anyone accessing Google’s 2D map of Derry to view the bridge will see no sign of it, while on Street View users will get only an early glimpse of the bridge during construction.

In March Google told the Journal it was in the process of updating its map of the city and the company’s distinctive Street View cars have been spotted at various locations in the city.

Since launching some six years ago, Google’s maps have caused controversy in certain quarters.

Google is temporarily banned from taking new pictures in Austria and from the Czech Republic while they have cancelled operations in Australia after investigations by the authorities into privacy issues.

Locally, the Internet giant left map readers miffed when when they clicked onto the first street view pictures of County Derry - only to find Dungiven had been mistaken for Limavady.