This new Google Maps feature seemed silly until it started saving me wasted time and silly detours

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That turn to the right but WHERE

Our cities are designed as they are designed, with newer areas and older areas that obey different criteria based on each era. Now, the new constructions tend to be more spaced out, to become longer blocks that imply that the streets are more separated from each other. Making a turn to reverse direction takes more time, but we have the feeling of a greater order.

When we talk about older areas, the streets are usually quite close to each other. Some do not move away from others even a few tens of meters, and that is where the fact that the GPS has a certain delay when giving us the indications, especially when we talk about voice prompts. How many times has Google Maps told you to leave the roundabout through a specific exit when you are already doing so? Or worse, when you just did.

Traffic lights

The reason is that the GPS does not always position our car at the speed of light, there is a certain lag. Enough to, for example, ask us to turn right on a street that we don’t know exactly what it is. That is why it is important that there are visual indications on the map, and that is why it is key that now Google Maps not only indicates traffic lights but also stop signs.

What it is about here is to orient yourself, and that is why there are never too many visual indications. Since we do not have photographs during navigation (unless we walk and activate Street View), what less than Google does everything possible to distinguish some streets from others. So count traffic lights and stop signs on the ground It makes it easy for us to know not only where we are, but what’s next.

So if Google asks us to turn right in an area where the streets are very crowded, it is very useful to know that we are talking about the next street after the traffic light. Or that it is the street where there is a stop sign. This is an option that seemed minor when it was announced but saves us a lot of bad detoursand a lot of “recalculating route” messages because we have taken the wrong exit.