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When Google Maps directions sent these drivers to a dangerous road

A huge number of drivers on the route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas found themselves on dangerous desert detours after following Google Maps directions.

By: MEDHA JHA
| Updated on: Dec 01 2023, 09:00 IST
Use Google Maps offline! Know what you need to do
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1/6 When you have to travel to a new place or any place where you have never been before, or want to know the directions of any area, building, among others, the most common app that you can rely on for the same is Google Maps. Google Maps is one of the most prominent and widely used applications for locating and reaching places you want to visit or are travelling to. (Reuters)
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2/6 However, you will need an internet connection to run the same. But as per the information provided by Google's support page, if you are travelling by a car you can use Google Maps offline too for reliable navigation and safety features when your car has a poor internet connection. (Pixabay)
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3/6 Google Maps offline can be automatically downloaded and updated based on your current location and travel patterns. It can be noted that it is only for Google Maps built into your car. Feature availability or functionality may depend on your car manufacturer or region and data plan. Also, this feature is not available in all languages and countries/regions. You will be notified if you are outside the area covered by your Google Maps offline. (Google Maps Twitter)
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4/6 Google Maps provides data via Vehicle Map Service (VMS) to support safety-related driver assistance features in cars, like road sign integration and adaptive cruise control. These safety features rely on offline map data. To ensure that map data is always available, turn on “auto-download” in the Privacy Center. (REUTERS)
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5/6 In order to turn on auto-download in the Privacy Center open the Google Maps app. At the bottom, tap Settings then click on Privacy Center and then Offline maps. Select Auto-download offline maps. You need to make sure you have an internet connection and wait for your offline map download to finish. It can be known that if you turn off auto-download, already downloaded maps will remain saved, but no new maps will be automatically downloaded. (Unsplash)
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6/6 Now in order to manage offline maps, on your car, under "Offline maps," your offline maps will show: Auto-downloaded maps based on your car’s movements, if you have turned on auto-download before. (Google)
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Shelby Easler revealed that her family, along with several others, followed Google Maps directions to an alternate route to avoid a dust storm and save time, but ended up in big trouble. (Unsplash)

Are you someone who is dependent on Google Maps directions while on the road? Well, this can cause you serious trouble sometimes, especially if it directs you to an alternate route. Recently, a shocking incident came to the front when Google Maps sent a number of drivers in the US to a dangerous route. One of the passengers, who was stuck on that route shared a TikTok video informing about this ordeal. Check here to know about the whole incident.

Google Maps Directions Glitch

Who would have thought that following Google Maps would lead some passengers to a dangerous path? On November 19, 2023, some drivers on the route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas found themselves on dangerous desert detours after following Google Maps instructions. Numerous cars were being redirected onto a dangerous dirt path.

According to a report by KTLA 5, Shelby Easler, who documented the incident on TikTok, revealed that her family, along with several others, followed Google Maps' suggested alternate route to avoid a dust storm and save time. However, the detour led them into the remote Nevada desert, leaving them stranded for hours. Shelby and her family spent 5 hours trying to cross the stretch.

After the incident, Google Maps issued an apology. According to a report by the Washington Post, Google Maps responded to the incident after Easler's video gained widespread attention. The video got over a million views. A spokesperson for Google issued an apology, stating, "We apologize for what happened last weekend, and can confirm that we'll no longer route drivers traveling between Las Vegas and Los Angeles down these narrow backroads off Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border." The tech giant assured that drivers making the same trip would now be routed through the reopened Interstate 15.

This incident shows that relying solely on GPS apps for navigating on the roads can be scary sometimes and should only be tried if you are actually familiar with the road and where it ends. Otherwise, it is better to stick to the main road.

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First Published Date: 01 Dec, 09:00 IST
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