What MapQuest and G.P.S. Don’t Tell You Can Get You Lost – New York Times


An interesting assemblage of regional planning oddities and quirks that can wreak havoc on even the best-researched Google Mapped itinerary. Though I admittedly lean pretty heavily on Google and Mapquest (living in a big city makes reliance less painful), I’ve found the CAA website to be the most precise. Not only does it map efficient routes, it also keeps a running tab of problems like heavy construction zones and speed traps, and factors these into its suggestions. But then, Google – like the Dark Side of the Force – is quicker, easier, more seductive. I’m ashamed to admit that, for me, laziness trumps efficiency.

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