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Google Maps and other G-P-S programs on smartphones
help drivers navigate new destinations.
But in some cases.
those programs are taking drivers off the beaten path.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now to explain.
For people who drive between Viroqua and La Crosse.
the most common route would be to take Highway 14/61.
But if you use a service like Google Maps.
it takes you on a much different path.
And in some cases.
the path could be dangerous.
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But for Vernon County Chief Deputy Sheriff Nathan
those mapping systems are driving a lot of cars into
some unusal places.
And while that may seem like a good thing if you're
looking to shave some time...
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Experts say those programs use a special algorithm
that updates in real-time.
It literally just determines fastest route based on
road conditions, that's including construction, traffic
conditions on that road, and then the speed limit
of that road is, and also just shortest linear distance.
But Campbell says the increased traffic on some back
roads could eventually take a toll.
Vernon County does not know of any other routes that
are effected by these mapping problems.
but as the expert said.
these routes can change in real-time given any changes
in traffic and road construction.
Is there a way for users to change those routes on
their phones if they believe they are not using the
A lot of times services like Google Maps will provide
2 or 3 addtional routes for users to take.
One of which most likely will include a route which
uses large-volume roads like highways.