Google Maps Blamed for Bringing 18-Wheelers to Quiet Neighborhoods

Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze are great apps for drivers, as they help reach a specific destination much faster, often avoiding traffic jams and toll roads.
Trucks often don't fit these roads, the police say 1 photo
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But as far as Beckley residents living close to Pinewood and Holliday drives are concerned, these apps have become a nightmare, as they’re often bringing trucks to their quiet neighborhoods.

And it’s all happening because of the tolls that are being raised on the interstate, the police said, as drivers are seeking alternative routes to avoid paying the road taxes.

But according to Lt. Jason McDaniel from the Beckley Police Department, bringing large trucks on these small streets isn’t only dangerous for residents, but also drivers themselves, as some vehicles don’t even fit the roads.

The trucks cannot be on there. I know I answer a lot of phone calls from residents that live up there complaining about not only the traffic, the speeding. The trucks are dangerous. They can’t travel that road. They don’t fit,” he explained in an interview with WOAY.

Is there anything the local authorities can do about the whole thing? They believe there is, as they have already reached to technology companies requesting them to remove the routes from their apps.

Needless to say, this is unlikely to happen, as these are just public roads that anyone can drive on. Unless the police issue new restrictions, which navigation apps will show accordingly, there’s a good chance drivers would continue to be directed through these quiet streets.

Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps have all been blamed for directing large trucks through the community. These are pretty much the most popular navigation apps right now – Google Maps comes pre-installed on Android devices, while Apple Maps is the default navigation app for iPhones.

Waze, on the other hand, is a community-driven app owned by Google and whose purpose is to help drivers avoid traffic jams by providing them with alternative routes to their destination.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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