The man fell into the frozen river. "Google Maps told me to"


Human stupidity knows no bounds.

Google Maps is really a great application. Thanks to it I can easily get where I want using only the navigation on the phone. It's hard to believe that once you had to use bulky paper maps to travel. Of course, although Google Maps are constantly being developed and improved, these are occasionally able to lead the user into the field. There is, however, nothing strange – not only that the route system in the world is constantly changing, which means that the system must be properly updated, we are talking only about the application, and errors appear in the applications and it is completely normal.

Do you trust navigation completely? You are … unreasonable

We should simply expect errors in applications such as Google Maps for our own good. Before we turn where the application tells us to turn, we should think for a second or two whether this certainly leads us along the right route. The view of a dirt road or road leading straight to the riverbed is usually a sign indicating that in this case the navigation command should be ignored. Blindly following the directions of Google Maps and other navigation applications can have unpleasant consequences, as a resident of Minnesota in the US recently learned.

As reported by CBS Minnesota, the man fell into the superficially frozen Mississippi River a few days ago. As he was only partially submerged in the water, he managed to call for help. He told the firefighters that he was there Google Maps ordered him to cross the riverwalking on the ice.

First of all, even if Maps really wanted a man to cross a river in a place where there is no bridge, it is obvious that it is better not to walk on the frozen river. In his place, I would simply find the nearest bridge and cross the river after him.

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Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis | Source: Google Street View

Secondly, the incident occurred just near the bridge (Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis), so there is a good chance that, in fact, Maps instructed the man to defeat the river with his help. Although the man fell into the river at night, it is doubtful that the bridge would simply overlook. Photos found on Google show me that the bridge is very illuminated at night. It is not known if the man was under the influence of alcohol or not.

Let the example of a Minnesota man be a warning to you. Always approach the navigation application instructions with great distance. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you think Maps makes you cross the river while walking on the ice, think about whether they accidentally want to use the bridge that is somewhere nearby.

Source: CBS Minnesota