The AuthaGraph projection has recently been hyped as the "perfect projection" for a world map, since it (approximately) conserves area, shape and distances. It also tessellates, so that any point can serve as an equal center point for the map.
Apart from being a fairly recent invention (so that it did not have enough time to be widely adapted), what are the main disadvantages of this projection for everyday use?
One suggestion would be that longitude and latitude are not straight lines or ellipses. This would make it difficult to find the North direction on an arbitrary point without detailed grid lines.
To address the suggested similarity to this question: the deformed North Pole is only one of the symptoms of the disadvantages my question is about. My question is broader: Does this projection conserve angles? Can it easily be used for navigation with map and compass? Does it map geodesics to simple curves? etc.
Summary so far
- preserves size
- preserves shape
- tessellates (center point can be arbitrarily chosen)
- allows rectangular maps with almost 16:9 ratio
- allows differently-shaped maps (triangular, parallelogram)
- recurring paths (e.g. satellite orbits) can be mapped to a straight line on the tiled map
- not strictly equal-area
- lines of constant bearing are not mapped to straight lines or ellipses
- unusual projection, unfamiliar (recent invention)
- does not conserve location accurately