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#294706 - 01/27/20 04:05 AM App fixed it after it left drivers stranded
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1403
Loc: Cranbrook BC (Finally)
Another good reason not to soley rely on tech for navigation.

CNN) ó Gone are the days of printing out directions or following physical maps. If youíre trying to go somewhere and need directions, there are plenty of apps to update you while you travel in real-time.

But nothing is foolproof and thatís what drivers using the Google-owned, navigation app Waze are finding out after they were sent many miles away from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, according to Jackson Police Departmentís public information officer Lt. Christopher Parise.

Drivers attempting to get to the Borgata Hotel using Waze directions have had their cars stuck in the sand at Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, near Lake Success instead, almost 45 miles away from the casino.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

#294710 - 01/27/20 03:13 PM Re: App fixed it after it left drivers stranded [Re: Teslinhiker]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7201
Loc: southern Cal
Should not one get a trifle suspicious when, driving to a major destination in a well developed urban area, you are directed onto an unpaved secondary road? Far less likely to happen with the old fashioned paper maps.
Geezer in Chief

#294711 - 01/27/20 04:00 PM Re: App fixed it after it left drivers stranded [Re: Teslinhiker]
KenK Offline
"Be Prepared"

Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2089
Loc: NE Wisconsin
There is VERY spotty 3G/4G data service where I live now so I don't use a smartphone for navigation (pre-saving maps is a pain). Even when I lived in the Chicago suburbs I didn't want to use my phone's data allocation for navigation. So, I've always been a Garmin Nuvi user.

Once, while driving around a large state park in southern Illinois the Garmin tried to send us down a dirt road, and across a field. We didn't follow its recommendations. I do wish it had an option to mark a travel barrier ahead, and then reroute.

A similar but larger scale reroute happened to me in Germany, where an entire major highway was closed. I ended up setting the Garmin map (I purchased the German road maps micro SD card) to north up, and just kept taking north and east turns (the general direction we needed to go). We eventually got to our destination. There my smartphone simply couldn't get data (I was unwilling to pay the cost).

#294712 - 01/27/20 05:18 PM Re: App fixed it after it left drivers stranded [Re: Teslinhiker]
chaosmagnet Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3314
Loc: USA
My basic rule is that if I wasnít planning on driving dirt roads, a turn onto a dirt road is immediately followed by going back to the pavement. Planning is a key word ó there are plenty of great places to get to on dirt roads but at the very least I have reviewed paper maps and brought them with me. More commonly I preload maps onto a device for ease of use and for reducing ambiguity with GPS.

#294724 - 01/28/20 03:11 AM Re: App fixed it after it left drivers stranded [Re: Teslinhiker]
DaveL Offline

Registered: 10/03/18
Posts: 37
Paper, Rock, electronic devises, choose carefully


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