GPS navigation options we need:
- I know how to get to the freeway from home.
- I know how to get home from the freeway.
- Don’t send me down someone else’s narrow residential streets just to save two minutes.
If I’m trying to get somewhere other than home after work, I’ll use GPS to get an idea of the time remaining and the fastest route. Since I’d rather avoid the freeway during rush hour, it keeps trying to send me on these zigzag paths through residential neighborhoods to avoid backed-up arteries or just avoid busy intersections. I used to follow those routes, but after a while I started noticing other cars ahead of me that were clearly doing the same thing. It’s not just one car being added to that lumpy narrow road with lots of driveways, stop signs, kids on bikes and people taking out the trash. It’s a lot of cars. And of course we’re following the same apps drawing from the same data, so we’re all taking the same side streets, not spread out among all of them.
If there’s a big difference, that’s one thing, but for two or three minutes? What’s the point?
Of course the navigation app seems so testy when I decline to be part of the problem, and it has to keep recalculating…