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  • Google Maps Sends Mt. Rushmore Seeking Tourists the Wrong Way on Random Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps

    (#6) Google Maps Sends Mt. Rushmore Seeking Tourists the Wrong Way

    Since 2010, roadtripping tourists who are looking to snap a pic of their favorite national monument have been getting directed to "Mount Rushmore, South Dakota" rather than the national monument. This case of "mistaken identity" has become so commonplace that a woman who runs a camp in Mount Rushmore has put up a sign that says, "Your GPS is WRONG. This is NOT Mt. Rushmore."
  • Self Driving Car Gets Into Accident on Random Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps

    (#16) Self Driving Car Gets Into Accident

    It had to happen at some point. In 2016 one of Google's self-driving, 3D-mapping cars smacked into a public bus moving at about 2 mph.Nothing was damaged, except Google's pride. 
  • (#3) Demolition Company Tears Down Wrong House

    This story has one lesson: when in doubt, blame Google Maps. In 2016, a demolition company in Texas went to a misidentified address that they found on Google Maps and completely destroyed a family's duplex.
  • Driver Follows Directions Straight Off a Cliff on Random Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps

    (#2) Driver Follows Directions Straight Off a Cliff

    According to police in Indiana, a driver was following his GPS too closely when he plunged his car off an abandoned bridge into a ravine, killing his wife. A representative for the Sheriff's Department said "The Cline Avenue bridge is marked with numerous barricades including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating ROAD CLOSED with orange striped markings. There are concrete barricades across the road to further indicate the road is closed." This sounds like the plot of a film noir, in which the man in question gets rid of his wife by staging an almost preposterous accident, but sadly the incident, apparently, is what it is—the man was simply watching the GPS monitor and not the road. 
  • Family Farm Falls Victim to Digital Mapping on Random Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps

    (#11) Family Farm Falls Victim to Digital Mapping

    For over a decade, the Vogelman family has been living in a nightmare world involving FBI agents, ambulances searching for suicidal veterans, and police officers searching for missing children, all because the original IP Mapping of the farm was wrong

  • Hacker Uses Google Maps to Spy on Spies on Random Horrible Accidents and Blunders Caused by Google Maps

    (#14) Hacker Uses Google Maps to Spy on Spies

    In 2014, a hacker exploited Google's rather laissez-faire attitude towards edits to record phone calls made by regular people to both the FBI and the Secret Service. ValleyWag writer Nitasha Tiku explains: "The callers that Seely recorded thought they were speaking directly to the government agencies because they looked up the telephone number on Google Maps. What they didn't know was that Seely had set up fake listings for the San Francisco FBI office and Secret Service in Washington, D.C., displaying numbers that went to a phone account he set up rather than the federal offices. After Seely's numbers received the calls, they were seamlessly forwarded to the real offices the callers were trying to reach, only now the audio of their conversations with real federal agents was being captured by Seely." The Secret Service caught on to him, although once they interrogated him, they heralded to him as a "hero." 

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Google Maps has become an indispensable APP for modern people to travel. When using Google Maps, even without entering a destination, users can get driving traffic, easily search for locations, or quickly navigate to common types of locations, or traffic delays along the route, such as traffic accidents or construction work. Such an intelligent app cannot avoid some terrible blunders.

Car accidents caused by GPS navigation have become news reports that occasionally attract people's attention. The random tool explained 18 horrible accidents and blunders around the world caused by Google Maps. When Google Maps instructions do not match the actual traffic conditions, users will get into trouble.

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