Google Maps Sometimes Wants to Be Sure You Know What Road You’re Driving On

Let’s admit it, Google Maps is one of the best inventions ever, as it makes navigation such an easy thing for pretty much everyone.
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And truth be told, Google Maps has completely changed the way we drive from point A to point B these days, as we’re getting tons of details every once in a while, including not only which way to go, but also traffic information, the current speed, and how long it takes until we reach the destination.

And since it’s Google Maps we’re talking about here, the map data that it offers is one of the best and up-to-date you can find right now. In other words, it covers most of the roads out there, so it can accurately tell where you’re driving at any specific moment.

But it’s this desire to remind you where you are the one that’s sometimes causing hilarious blunders like the one you see in the screenshot above.

Google Maps apparently really wants to make sure what road you’re driving on, so it repeatedly shows the name of the road so often that you can barely see anything else on the screen.

While this is obviously something that should never happen, such details, like the road name and other data, should be displayed more frequently when you’re driving with a higher speed. In this case, the car had some 70 mph (112 kph), so it was cruising at the rural interstate highway limit, which means typical indicators would have been enough on Google Maps.

Needless to say, this isn’t something that happens very often, and Google Maps remains the best navigation app out there regardless of these occasional blunders. And as long as everything works just as expected with no problem in terms of functionality, Google Maps trying to make sure you know what road you’re driving on is just a feature, not a bug.
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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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