Out of traffic, into a ditch: Why Waze on snowy mountain roads could be a bad idea
Rachael got out of her car, crying as she walked through a foot and a half of snow, looking for a paved road that could take her out of the mountains.
Instead, she found herself staring into the face of a horse wearing a blanket.
How did Rachael — in a car with four-wheel drive in an extremely popular tourist destination — find herself stuck on an unpaved road in the snow? Apple Maps.
Recently, transportation officials and highway patrolmen who manage snowy, mountain roads have a new problem to manage, beyond the usual slick roads: the tendency of real-time navigation apps like Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps to send drivers onto potentially unsafe roads in an effort to find shortcuts or avoid traffic. It got so bad California Highway Patrol was forced to put up a sign. Read more…