Google Maps Tells Me to Kill Myself and Tourists

Part of the family vacation last week involved taking the kids down into Philadelphia to see the historic sites — Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, etc. It was a great, great day and a good time was had by all. Perhaps more about that stuff later, but the point of this post is to share the … interesting … directions we got from Google Maps and the “Street View” tool.

The trip began in Bristol, PA, where my parents live. I could easily get down to the historic district, but wasn’t sure on some of the last couple turns to find the right parking lot. Here’s how Google helped:

Google Maps 1

On exiting I-95, we’re apparently supposed to drive through this concrete wall on the way to Independence Hall, causing certain death for the McGee 4. Oddly enough, I don’t even recall seeing this concrete wall at this location. Later, there’s this:

Google Maps 2

As we get closer to Independence Hall, we’re supposed to turn right and take out a group of tourists, including one in a wheelchair. Nice!

I’m sure there’ll be more funny Street View directions as Google expands this feature in more and more cities…..

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4 Responses to Google Maps Tells Me to Kill Myself and Tourists

  1. Todd Mintz May 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    Hard to tell if you are supposed to drive straight through the tourists or turn into them…

  2. Phil R May 15, 2008 at 4:52 am #

    Huh… I wonder if those tourists a stay there for days for everyone. Do you have to tip them as a markers?

  3. David Mihm May 15, 2008 at 7:54 am #

    Wow, a person in a wheelchair, that’s worth 50 bonus points, easy. Could have had 200 total just on that one turn alone! j/k

    On a more serious note, I’ve been noticing several more quasi-errors in Google recently…mostly having to do with what happens at the bottom of off-ramps (is there a fork, a turn, an angle, what?).

  4. Matt May 15, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    You guys are funny. I’m glad I have friends who share my sense of humor. 🙂

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