"You are not a lemming", said a traffic anchor of about 100 people who avoided a road snarlup on the way to Denver Airport at the weekend by following Google Maps' directions onto a muddy dirt road. Take the ordeal that almost 100 Colorado drivers found themselves living through this past Sunday when they tried to drive around a traffic jam. In case the driver deviates from the designated drop route for 500 metres, your phone would buzz with a prominent notification - informing you about the deviation and you can promptly alert the cab-hailing service, near and dear ones, or even cops.
She said it would've taken her 47 minutes to get the terminal if she would have waited out the traffic, but the detour said it would only take 23 minutes.
A quick detour around heavy traffic in Colorado turned into a nightmare for dozens of drivers who ended up stuck in the mud.
A lot of vehicles were not able to drive through the muddy detour, and around 100 others got trapped behind them.
"We take many factors into account when determining driving routes, including the size of the road and the directness of the route", the company said in a statement.
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Once she and the other drivers found themselves out in the field, "there was no turning around".
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'While we always work to provide the best directions, issues can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, ' a spokesperson added.
Monsees said she didn't want to turn around because the road was only wide enough for one auto and didn't want to get stuck. "If it does not look like that's where you should be going, turn around and try again". It's not known if this was just Google Maps or if Google-owned Waze was also affected.
"I pulled up my Google Maps to see if there was some way to get around the mess because it showed there was a wreck and sure enough, yes, I could take the next exit", said Monsees.