- Future Cars
Driving with Apple and Google
Have you ever used Apple/Google map while driving? Have you encountered any problems? If you haven't encountered any problems at all, there could be only one reason. You must be blessed!
Now, allow me to introduce myself. I'm …..Well, my name is not a must here, but the positions I hold is a real must. I'm a wife and mother of two kids. I run (literally run) my household. I run from wall to wall at home and I run from pillar to post outside. To ease my pillar to post outside, I use a vehicle and the vehicle is a mini van. At this point, I would like to take a moment to let you know that I'm a woman of limited brain edition. Therefore my mind brain lacks the ability to process a map when I'm in driving condition. So before hitting the road, I study sincerely for hours together, the route and the driving directions.
But on that day, when fate decided to pull a prank, I got behind the wheel without studying the route. I had to drop my daughter a birthday party place. I have never been to that place before. Since I didn't study the driving directions ahead, I took my smart phone, entered the address of the party place in Apple Maps. In an instant, route map appeared on the screen. I placed the phone in one of the many cup holders (when there are many cup holders in a mini van, one can be used to hold a phone. Proverb: 1.2.3), placed my daughter in the seat holder, reversed the car and touched the "start" button in the map. Boom came a command in female voice, "Proceed to the route". Really? How should I proceed? Should I have to turn left or turn right or go straight ahead? Although I was totally baffled, I understood a key point. The female was not talking human. I looked at the map. The grey arrow (inside the white circle) was confusing rather than guiding. I let out a breath and drove straight.
A minute later, to my surprise, the female spoke human.
" At the end of the road, turn left."
My eyes widened, my lips quivered and I fell into a state of ecstasy when I heard the two words "turn left". From that moment on until my destination, I sincerely obeyed all of her commands. When she said,
"In 0.2 miles turn right, the destination is on your left,"
I turned left at 0.2 miles into a parking lot and got the shock of my life. There were only two cars in the parking lot. On a Saturday morning, a party place parking lot has only 2 cars? I felt something fishy. But I poo-poohed the "fishy" thingy and parked my car in front of the building (supposed to be my destination). I removed the key and looked straight. The board on the building said "Emergency Veterinary Care". Wha…..t? I rubbed my eyes and read again. The board said the same "Emergency Veterinary Care". The "fishy" thingy came true. I wanted to go to a party place and Apple took me to a Veterinary Care center. Either the map should be wrong or there must be a party going inside that Veterinary Care was my thought. I got down from my car to analyze the surroundings. Without knowing my predicament, the female spoke again, " The destination is on your left". And that instant I did the wisest thing in all of my entire life. I closed Apple maps. Then I did the dumbest thing. I opened Google Maps and entered the address of the party place. A tiny image of a walking man appeared on the right corner of the screen. Beneath that man was written "3 min". The "3 min" gave me a rush of energy that I multitasked. I asked my daughter to get down and touched the start button at the same time. Again came a command in female voice.
"Head northeast". What?Where?Seriously? I searched for the compass in the map but it was not there. No compass, no sun and I have to find northeast. (You know, right, I would not have found northeast even if the Sun was shining above me). In order to find northeast, I have to first find north. Then have to find east. Only after that I can head northeast. I looked at the map. This time the blue arrow confused me. In the midst of the confusion, I heard footsteps. I raised my head up. A man in blue jeans and white collared shirt was walking towards one of the two cars. I collected my courage from North, East, West and South and asked him, when he was about to open the car door,
"Excuse me, do you know which is northeast?"
He gazed at me. I felt like I was an escaped creature from a zoo. He then said,
He went back to the business of opening his car. I interrupted him again.
"By any chance do you know where Thunder Wonder is?"
This time he answered my question without a stare.
"Do you see the building up there?" He pointed a tall brown building far off.
"Yes" I nodded.
"Thunder Wonder is next to that building. Walk straight and make a left at the building."
"Thanks so much," I said.
"No problem," he said. I let him open his car.
I understood that "Head Northeast" in Map is equal to "Head straight" in Human. After heading Northeast, I reached my destination finally.
Standing at my destination, I decided something. Either I should learn Maps or Maps should learn Human. I chose the first option.