Q. With GPS, is there a need for paper maps?
A. Yes, of course. Look at the AA Road Atlas of the UK - it sells more copies today than ever before. GPS devices are fantastic, but they only provide a keyhole view. You can't use it to see, at a glance, what's on the other side of a mountain, nor can you spread your GPS across the bonnet of your car. It's really nice if you can find out something about the countryside you're passing through, like "That's Sherwood Forest we're passing now." On the other hand, map reading is not well-taught at schools and the demand for the level of detail varies hugely. Many people love our maps, but some just want a red line joining two dots, without all the detail.
Q. What are the challenges of the job?
A. A map is like a photograph, a snapshot in time,
and we all know how quickly things change. Even if one tiny part of a trail disappears, the map is out of date. It's important to update a map often, especially when people rely so heavily on the information it contains.