Google Maps fail leads nearly 100 drivers to an empty field
Nearly 100 Colorado drivers were misled by Google Maps last week as a car crash on the road leading to Denver International Airport caused the app to provide people with a detour.
In a rush to get to the airport on time for their flights, many went via a narrow dirt road suggested by the app.
According to CNN, cars began sliding down the dirt road, which turned into a muddy mess.
Some cars got stuck, which caused a traffic jam.
“There were a bunch of other cars going down (the dirt road) too, so I said, ‘I guess it’s OK.’ It was not OK,” one driver, Connie Monsees, told CNN.
Once you were on the dirt road, there was nowhere to make a U-turn.
“The question is, why did Google send us out there to begin with? There was no turning back once you were out there,” Connie said.
She ended up with a semi-damaged vehicle and two extra passengers, as she kindly offered two others a lift to the airport.
Google Maps addressed the situation in a statement to ABC News:
“We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route.
“While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather. We encourage all drivers to follow local laws, stay attentive, and use their best judgment while driving.”
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