Technology is not always flaw-less, with great power comes great responsibility. But Today, nearly a hundred Colorado drivers this week followed a digital Pied Piper into an empty field where they all got stuck. Actually, a crash on Peña Boulevard in Denver caused a severe traffic Jam. In order to avoid traffic jam, the people prompt Google maps which suggested a detour to many of the drivers trying to get to flights or pick up arriving travelers. By following Google Maps they ended up on a dirt road.
Some vehicles could not make it through the mud and about 100 others became trapped behind them. One of the drivers said, he thought maybe there was a detour and pulled it up on Google maps, and it gave me him a detour that was half the time, Connie Monsees told CNN. He further told that, initially, it was 43 minutes and it was going to 23 instead, but the driver takes the exit and drove where they told me to.
Although the detour led the drivers to the dirt road near the border of Denver and Aurora. The first few minutes on the road were fine, but then eventually the 64th Avenue turned into a dirt road as there had been raining in the area in the previous days. Google told the news reporters that the road was not listed as private and users can report to Google for closing the road. The company further said that We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route.
The company claimed they had always tried to provide the best possible and minimum distance. While issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances, such as when weather conditions affect the quality of roads. Google said they encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgment while driving.
Well, this might be the most hilarious yet frustrating mistake from the search giant. People remained lined up as they were unable to move forward or backward. They take the route because they wanted to reach the Airport on time but unfortunately get stuck in the muddy road by blindly following Google maps. A few days back, Google has made an announcement and provided a solution to this problem. A new feature in Google Maps called “crowdedness predictions” has been introduced by Google. With the help of this feature, you can see how crowded is your bus, train, or tube is likely to be before heading out.