Here's a good example why you can't blindly follow Google Maps
by Alan Friedman / Jun 27, 2019, 1:17 PM
Many of us rely on Google Maps every day to help us get safely from point "A" to point "B." But sometimes putting blind faith in technology can backfire. Take the ordeal that nearly 100 Colorado drivers found themselves living through this past Sunday when they tried to drive around a traffic jam. According to CNN and Denver 7, an accident on a road leading to Denver International Airport led drivers to follow a detour suggested by the Google Maps app. The app said that the detour would get drivers to the airport in just 23 minutes, half the time it would take them following the usual directions.
The 100 drivers that followed in a line ended up driving on a dirt road that rain had turned into a slippery, muddy mess. Some cars started skidding on the road while others were stuck in the mud, spinning their wheels. A large number of drivers found themselves trapped behind the cars that couldn't get any traction. Making A U-turn was not possible because the road only accommodates one car at a time. In a statement, Google said that the road was not marked as private even though it is. It added that "unforeseen circumstances" can cause issues when driving, including the weather.
Denver traffic reporter Jayson Luber says that drivers are getting too dependent on Google Maps. "You are driving. Google Maps is not driving," Luber said. "Google Maps is not perfect. You need to know where you are going and, if it does not look like that’s where you should be going, turn around and try again. Take a look at the Google map and it’s going to tell you where to go, but you are not a lemming and you don’t need to follow it exactly. It’s better to find your own way and take a look at the map."
So next time Google Maps suggests a detour that it says will cut the time of your drive by a decent amount, you might want to think twice before driving off the beaten path. Still, we should note that the app will indeed get you where you want to go without incident most of the time.
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Yes just follow apple maps
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 2:00 PM 2
Posts: 2120; Member since: Dec 27, 2016
While the article didn't mention Apple Maps, I'm glad Apple occupies a special place in your mind.
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 2:24 PM 7
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Apple maps had a driver end up on the end of a runway at an airport.https://www.bbc.com/news/techn
At least Google she only ended up in a field.
This is more of a perfect example of how even though phones are smart, they can't make people who use them any smarter than they are already; or not in this case.
posted on Jun 28, 2019, 12:43 PM 1
Posts: 683; Member since: Nov 13, 2012
This once happened to me with Gmaps, I put a hotel location and the damn app sent us to a vacant lot in the middle of nowhere, it was dark and lonely. Then I put Waze and it guide us through flawlessly to the hotel.
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 3:13 PM 0
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So Google is supposed to provide up to the second weather conditions to determine how bad dirt roads are?
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 3:20 PM 4
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Google Maps isn't really that reliable at times. Twice i have been led to seriously narrow and bad roads by GMaps and i was stuck for very long. And it wasn't even an alternate route but the main suggestion by Maps while there were main routes available (as i came to know later). And once my cousin was led to so narrow street by GMaps that nothing else than a bicycle could pass through it. And it showed it as a proper route.
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 4:17 PM 0
Posts: 2278; Member since: Oct 28, 2015
This is totally true, I tried google maps a few weeks ago to go to a direction I didn’t know and it led to a turn that was forbidden, thank god I could do it without problems because there were no cars, but I learned google maps isn’t reliable
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 6:10 PM 1
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The problem is not Google Maps but idiot drivers. I have never been directed down a dirt road although I have been directed down gravel and one lane roads and, in all cases, while going to an address, the route has been accurate. However, I have been directed down a road which had a flood warning sign put up during a period of heavy rainstorms. I turned around. Anyone encountering a muddy dirt road should have the common sense to turn around. Especially if you see the car in front of you is stuck.
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 9:57 PM 1
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Google does this to drivers every day. The reason it doesn't make the news is because it doesn't usually happen to 100 people at a time. I have been hounding Google for years to add an "avoid unpaved roads" option. This incident should emphasize the value of such on option.
posted on Jun 27, 2019, 10:59 PM 1
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Literally never had an issue with Google maps, it gets me to where I need to go without fault, people just rely to much on it and blindly follow without any hint of common sense.
posted on Jun 28, 2019, 8:39 AM 1
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Lucky. Since I was directed to a golf club but on the wrong side of the course (a 5 mile trip round) I've always checked the location pin. Too often it is in the wrong place. I've had trouble previously with copilot and TomTom, and here maps in the car's built in satnav. I've submitted over 100 corrections. Businesses are reported at their registered office, often an accountant or directors home. Once I even found a bus stop tagged as a hotel which was half a mile away - it had 7 reviews as if it were the hotel! I've had satnav try to take me down abandoned railway lines, farm tracks that show on the map but not on the ground, bus only gates, a hedge (it showed that the roads connected). Even very recently Google tried to take me along a road which I know is a cul de sac. The route shown went across playing fields. Whether Google is to blame or there are bad actors changing things for a laugh, you cannot blindly trust it.
posted on Jun 29, 2019, 9:45 AM 1
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