Five Times Google Maps’ Glitches Put People’s Life at Risk

Many of us use Google Maps blinding to find our ways every time we step out of our houses to go somewhere. The popular web mapping service provides satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic street view, traffic conditions, and many more. Maybe you are travelling by foot, car, bicycle, or public transportation, Google Maps have all kinds of direction for you.

What if the well-trusted Google Map leads you to somewhere in the middle of nowhere? Here we are going to tell you about a few incidents that caused due to the issues in Google Maps, putting people’s lives at risk.


1. A Woman was Almost to Die in the Arizona Desert

In 2017, a 24-year-old woman named VanHecke decided to go for a solo trip to the Grand Canyon, located in the middle of the Arizona desert. On her way, she noticed she left only 70 miles’ worth of gas in the tank. Google Maps assured her that she is just 35 miles from a highway, and so she followed the map. But it led her to a nonexistent spot, and she ran out of gas. She spent alone in the desert for five days with the help of water, dried fruit that she was carrying. Later she was rescued by the authority before any extreme harm.

2. Japanese Tourists in Australia Ended Up in the Ocean

Three Japanese tourists decided to visit Australia, but the wrong direction led them directly into the body of water. They were following the instructions of Google Maps to get to Stradbroke Island, Queensland. But they ended up in the nine miles of water diving the island from the mainland. All of them were forced to abandon the vehicle and return on foot.

3. The wrong Direction Led a Man Colliding Straight into a House

In 2011, a man in the US was taking his wife and two kids in a car through South Brunswick. It was a foggy morning, and the GPS guided them to go straight. After following the route, he missed the initial stop sign and ran over the lip of the curb and continue for another 100 feet before hitting a house. Two of them were severely injured and were immediately taken to the hospital.

4. A Woman’s Home Mistakenly Demolished

The life of Lindsay Diaz, a Texan woman, was utterly ruined after Billy L. Nabors Demolition wrongly demolished the house. The company was directed to pull down 7601 Cousteau Drive. The confusion occurred as Diaz’s address was 7601 Calypso Drive, and Google Maps somehow confused them as “close enough.”

5. Google Maps Detour Leads 100 Drivers Stuck in Muddy Field

On June 27, 2019, about 100 Colorado drivers ended up to some deserted muddy street due to a glitch in Google Maps. Because of a crash on Pena Boulevard, the app suggested the drivers a shortcut or alternative route to reach to Denver International Airport. When they followed the direction, they left stranded as they arrived a dirty road full of mud, and the cars began to slide down. The situation turned worse after some of the vehicles got stuck in the mud and could not move, trapping 100 others waiting in line behind them.