Five ‘ridiculous’ GPS apps you probably fell for maps and location

Who has ever fallen into a trap because of GPS, the first stone to be thrown. Blindly trusting apps like Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps can have devastating consequences, such as stopping in a completely different city or getting lost in the middle of nowhere. The security of routing applications is so high that users face similar problems during use due to communication errors or updates. So here are five “perrengues” that everyone has done with GPS (and how to avoid it).

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See the five hurdles caused by GPS applications and how to avoid them – Photo: Marcela Franco / TechTudo

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1. The Internet has gone down and stopped showing the track

They all have to get in the car, put the route in the app and start the journey confidently until the internet signal runs out halfway. The situation is even worse when traveling long distances, where a wrong entry can lead to extra hours of driving.

To prevent recurrence, try to take action. Before you leave your home, use the Wi-Fi network to download a map from Google Maps to browse offline. In Waze, which does not bring the function itself, it is necessary to perform a trick and cache the route. In both apps, you can use features on Android and iPhone (iOS).

Downloading an offline map prevents you from having access to the route if you go down the Internet – Photo: Reproduction / Marcela Franco

2. GPS has taken you to the wrong place

Streets, neighborhoods, and cities with similar names can cause confusion when driving with GPS. After all, typing your destination in the app and hitting the first option without reading the location correctly is a common problem. Sometimes the error is identified halfway, but it can only be found when you reach the wrong place of failure.

To avoid this, it’s a good idea to read carefully whether the planned neighborhood, city, and state were actually chosen as the final destination, and not another similar place. If you know the place, even a little bit, it’s worth checking your Street View address.

Wrong name or choose another place with a similar name is a common mistake in GPS applications – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire

3. Route the route to a longer route / traffic

No doubt the app has already recommended a much longer route than necessary, at least once. It may also have indicated a much busier route to get to your destination late.

These conditions are common and can occur for a variety of reasons. To understand this, it is important to know that the location of a car is determined by signals transmitted by GPS satellites. They reach GPS receivers, located on a mobile phone or in the car’s navigation device, and use triangulation to determine the user’s location and display it on the app map.

From there, the software evaluates location information, as well as traffic data, road conditions, and more. – Draw a route. The problem is that if one of the communication points described above fails, the path will not be as efficient as possible.

Loss of GPS signal A mapping application may suggest a longer route or more traffic – Photo: Reproduction / Raquel Freire

For example, Waze calculates the route at a time when a major avenue is blocked, which suggests a long detour in the app. If you soon lose your GPS connection and are unable to receive information that the lane is already clear, your detour may be in a traffic jam.

To avoid these mistakes, the solution may be to keep two map systems open, such as Waze itself and Google Maps. This will allow you to compare routes and better identify when one of them is outdated. That way, you can choose the best route.

4. GPS provided shortcuts to dangerous places

Stopping in a bad location is a great fear for users when it comes to the route app. In addition to communication errors, GPS may indicate a dangerous location due to a lack of an updated map, both due to changes in roads and a lack of data on a specific area.

The list of accidents caused by this type of failure is long. In June 2011, GPS drove three women to the bottom of a lake in the U.S. city of Bellevue. The driver who was driving at night did not see that he was off the road and only noticed the mistake when the car reached the water.

GPS failure can lead to dangerous places, such as the bottom of a lake.

All three were not harmed, but the end is not always happy. In 2009, a wrong path left Alicia Sanchez and her six-year-old son stranded for a week in the sands of Death Valley National Park in eastern California, in a hot, dry place. The result was tragic: the child died two days before his mother was rescued, in a deep dehydration.

In this kind of situation, tragedy must be avoided by paying special attention to the place. Instead of blindly trusting your GPS, look around for signs, drive carefully, and if possible stop and ask for directions.

5. Suggested route with unblocked lock

Knowing that you would have to do all the laps as a result of a roadblock when driving several miles knows how bad this situation is. That is, while the apps are being updated in real time, they are reporting that sudden changes in the road may take some time.

Earlier this year, one of the most talked about cases on social media was the banning of BR-040 during the Nova Lima (MG) period, caused by mudslides in the Pau Branco mine. Vallourec Mining Company. The app took some time to report the blockade, which forced drivers to deviate from other routes to reach the mining capital.

To make matters worse, the January 8 rains prevented other routes from being identified, which could not be identified by GPS applications, including the fact that the Internet signal was barely working.

Having more than one active GPS system can also help in these cases, especially in collaboration. Waze, for example, has a strong driving community that quickly reports problems on the road.

with information from BBC , hot, G1, List Verse

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