One of the most useful apps for any person with a smartphone is the Google Maps app as it provides precise directions to places, almost everywhere in the world. And to deliver this service smoothly, the app constantly keeps updating itself. But now a man has accused it of misguiding him after falling into the frozen Mississippi river in the US.
To recall, Google celebrated the app’s 15th birthday by announcing a slew of new features including a fresh icon design for the app. The new logo now has yellow, red, blue and green colours and is more minimalist. The map background has been replaced with solid white.
According to the local news media, Google Maps incident took place at 3:00 am in the night in Minneapolis city in the state of Minnesota, US. The man was walking over the frozen river before he fell through the ice. He was partially submerged and rescued by the firefighters later. When asked as to what made him walk through the river, he claimed that Google Maps instructed him to cross the river. He has suffered a mild case of hypothermia.
The report also stated that the mishap happened near the Stone Arch Bridge. The fire department said that the app reportedly told him to use the nearby bridge and not walk across the river.
His claim, however, seems to be bizarre as Google Maps only shows mapped roads. But it cannot be denied that glitches in the app have bit reported before but walking through a frozen river is perhaps a bit too far.
Last week, a man in Berlin hacked Google Map by carrying 99 smartphones together and made everyone believe that there was a huge traffic jam. But it was just him carrying an entire wagon of phones with Google Maps on.
Google said the maps can distinguish between bikes and cars in various countries, including India, but till now they have not considered travelling by wagon as an option for commuting.