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Google Maps leads about 100 riders into a "muddy mess" in Colorado: NPR



Google Maps has apparently been misleading nearly 100 drivers on a detour near Denver airport.

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Google Maps has apparently been misleading nearly 100 drivers in a detour near Denver airport.

Patrick Sison / AP

Nowadays smartphones are no longer really lost thanks to navigation services like Google Maps. But what happened in Colorado is a reminder that even with the new technology, some links can still go awry.

So at the beginning of this week nearly 100 riders landed in a muddy field. One of them, Connie Monsees, described the incident in the Start Here podcast by ABC News.

Monsees said she was on her way to pick up her husband at Denver International Airport in a traffic jam.

"So I set off On my Google Maps, I asked if there was a better way and I was told to take the next exit and it would take about half the time," Monsees said. So of course she took it. But the road quickly becomes a dirt road.

"I follow this line of cars and thought," Well, there are so many other people going, it has to be alright, "Monsees told ABC," so I kept going … but the thing was, you did not

Rainy days had created a "muddy jumble of fields," she added, car after car getting in and getting stuck.

Monsees had four-wheel drive to get them out of the mud at some point She even picked up two other stranded people and took them away, but others stayed longer in the dirt.

She tells the station that they are Do not annoy Google. "I do not know that this is so much about Google, but about us. We want life to be so efficient that we try to use links that are not really necessary. "

Google did not respond immediately Request from NPR for comment In a statement to CNN, it said:" In setting We take many factors into account, including the size of the road and the straightness of the route. … While we are always working to give the best instructions, problems can arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather.

The company added that it "calls on all drivers to comply with local laws, to remain alert and to use their best judgment when driving."


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