Saturday, May 22, 2010

Google Navigation Goes Batshit in Cul-de-Sac

I knew the location of this one particular neighborhood bar would probably make any navigation system nuts so I put Google Navigation to the test and it failed hysterically.

You can see the problem on this map:

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The place is called Steamies, located at 3403 Pacific Boulevard, San Mateo, CA‎ which is where Google thinks that big red marker is on the screen.

There's nothing there but a clover leaf getting on and off Hillsdale Blvd.

The amusing part is Steamies, at 3403 Pacific Boulevard, is down toward the bottom of the screen, that cul-de-sac is their parking lot.

You cannot park at or turn into 3403 Pacific Boulevard from Pacific Boulevard, you have to go a few blocks down and get there via Poinsetta.

However, Google Navigation assumed it was like the mistake on Google maps the the female voice was bitching to U-Turn and go to this street or that, anywhere except where we knew we had to get to get there.

Overall, I think Google Navigation is pretty decent but they scored a big fat assed goose egg on getting to Steamies.