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Google Maps is essential if you are about to travel or are choosing a less traveled route. It seems that no matter how advanced the platform is, you have to exercise your own knowledge in certain situations.

If you live under a rock, Google Maps is one of the best maps and navigation platforms. The cartographic web application offers real-time traffic conditions. One can easily enter their location before going to work. The app will quickly provide you with a set of the most convenient routes. Your mode of transport can be on foot, by bike, by car and by plane. The app even supports public transport! Since its inception in 2005, Google Maps has amassed millions of active users. Millions of websites use the browser app to communicate. Considering the huge number of followers of the app all over the world, some are bound to trust the app more than they should.

Last I heard, a group of tourists followed the app’s instructions without question and crossed a flooded creek. The incident happened in India and was reported by a local publication that goes by the name of CarToq. The group used a car to get to an unfamiliar area and relied on Google Maps for directions. The place they were visiting is named after Kerala, a state on the southwest coast of India. The group was en route from Munnar to Alappuzha and used a Toyota SUV to get around. However, they ended up in a different place than they expected. The group, with their SUV, got stuck in a stream. After the group passed through a remote village, Kuruppanthara Kadavu, the incident took place. The app produced directions for the group via a feed. They decided to follow the instructions, and as they approached the creek, the locals tried to get their attention and warn them. It is reported that the group noticed locals trying to warn them, but they made the decision to trust Google Maps. Shortly after the SUV got stuck in the creek, the situation turned into chaos. Fortunately, the group managed to escape from the car and reach the dry ground without significant injuries. However, the SUV got stuck in its place and was later recovered from the creek when it was pulled out using a truck. The inhabitants decided to install chains in order to avoid any similar accident in the future.

While it’s pretty obvious that GPS platforms like Google Maps aren’t perfect yet, it’s important to consider the local weather. Recent rains flooded the creek and despite warning from locals, the group decided to cross the creek. Similar accidents have happened in the past; however, external factors were also present! It just goes to show that Google Maps should not be blindly trusted for directions and that external factors should be taken into account.

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Maria R. Newman