Technology is not without it’s faults, as a creation of man it is flawed like man, and nothing gives evidence to that more than the small Italian town of Baunei, Sardinia. If you were to drive around the second-largest island in the Mediterrnean; as you approached the Ogliastra region, you would find signs put up warning “Don’t Follow the Directions of Google Maps.” And that is because of the number of people who have become lost and required rescue in the region for following the directions on their app instead of a paper map.
“Too many sedans and small cars get stuck on impassable paths, sometimes even off-road vehicles too,” Baunei Mayor Salvatore Corrias told the Italian news agency ANSA. “All this because you follow the suggestions of Google Maps which, on our roads, are often misleading.” According to Il Messaggero, last years statistics listed 144 people required rescue by emergency services after getting lost in the area, including two hapless tourists in a Porsche who ended up stuck on a narrow mountain pass. This year seems no different, as several hikers have gone missing and many vehicles have become stuck in the impassable narrow roads of the Supramonte area after being led astray by using Google Maps, the mayor said. “The old paper maps are better,” he added. “Or better still, use an expert local guide from our area.”
Baunei is situated in a rugged and mountainous part of the province of Nauro in northeastern Sardinia, which is famous internationally for its white sandy beaches. But that also means some roads can be difficult to traverse, and apparently Google Maps has not spent sufficient time in the region to ensure that the directions its app gives are accurate. While often times it can be very helpful to have a pocket navigator, it is stories like this that remind us to keep our heads up and eyes open; because sometimes technology does not know better.
Story from the NY Post.