I regularly use Google Maps to get to work. Not so much because I forget where I work, but because I like to know whether my path is compromised by a wreck or something.
TL;DR – double check maps, it’s been acting wonky lately.
There are two routes to my work that are 9.1 miles from the location I ask for directions involving two entirely different interstate systems (or a couple of main roads as well). This usually works out for me as I can choose my own driving adventure.
Today I noticed Google Maps was directing me toward I24 as opposed to 65 or 440. But on both 65 and 440 it said they were 10 minutes faster. I had not left the parking lot at this point, so don’t worry about me mapping and driving, I had some time to look and see what was up.
As I’m looking at two other routes that were 10 minutes faster according to Google Maps I got a notification that there was a wreck on 24 causing a 28 minute delay. Maps did not offer me the customary re-route and insisted that I should still go that way.
I ignored it and its three plees to turn around and go into the now 38-minute longer path.
I got to work driving a creepily unbusy 65 / 40E combo. When I got to work I looked at 24 and it was a solid red line.
I started wondering how many people using Google Maps got pointed into the wreck, then surveyed our normally half full in the morning parking lot (90 car capacity,) and saw 7 cars. Guessing a few.
In the past when there’s been a wreck or a slowdown I’ve always been offered the option to go a different route. Today was the first time I had Google attempt to put me on an interstate parking lot.
This is about 5 days after Google Maps decided to take me and the family on a 1.8 lane snaking mountain road for 8 miles because it was a mile shorter than the main roads. That was fun.