Family spends 48 hours in nature because of Google Maps, should be a lesson for everyone
Google Maps is an incredible piece of software that can make your driving experience much safer and easier. But a family of four from Australia learned the hard way that the navigation provided by Google Maps isn't always perfect.
27-year-old Darian Aspinall was traveling with her two and four-year-old children and 50-year-old mother from Queensland to Adelaide.
Soon after, the family of four could no longer be contacted, leading to a massive search launched by local authorities to locate the vehicle.
As it turns out, the driver was using Google Maps to get turn-by-turn directions to her destination in Adelaide. The navigation app took the driver off the highway and guided her down an unfamiliar road.
The vehicle eventually got stuck in the middle of nowhere, with no cell phone signal available. The family decided to walk for help, but after walking for hours, they decided to return to the car to wait for someone to find them.
48 hours later, a helicopter spotted four people looking for help using their clothes.
The family was eventually rescued, with police discovering that Google Maps was what sent the driver down the unknown road.
Sure, it's easy to blame Google Maps for suggesting a bad route, but on the other hand, the app was suggesting the fastest route to the destination. It is entirely up to the driver to decide whether or not a particular road can be used, especially since Google Maps itself has no idea what vehicle they are driving in the first place and whether a road is suitable or not.
As a general recommendation, if a route suggested by the navigation app looks dangerous, the driver should take the safest route.