The popularization of apps like Google Maps has made getting lost a much more complicated task than in the past. However, these apps aren’t perfect and sometimes can have glitches, some with dire consequences. This was the case for a group of Californians who, unintentionally, found themselves lost in the middle of the Mojave Desert in the United States.
Shelby Easler, her brother Austin, and their respective partners attended the Formula One Grand Prix, held in Las Vegas last November 19th. After the event, the group decided to use Google Maps to head back home. Following the navigator’s directions, the Californians took an alternate route after the app informed them that a dust storm was causing delays on the highway.
That alternative route ended rather strangely. After many turns, Google Maps directed the group straight into the Mojave Desert. According to Easler, upon realizing they were lost in the middle of the desert, they attempted to turn back, navigating through sand and bushes. However, the dust storm and rough terrain severely damaged the car they were traveling in, leaving them stranded.
Eventually, the group managed to reach a relatively nearby gas station and then headed to the airport to fly home. The car was towed to a Las Vegas mechanic center.
Interestingly, they weren’t the only ones affected. Google Maps’ “error” led numerous families to become stranded in the middle of the desert, prompting many to call 911 for help. However, few could receive assistance as the California Highway Patrol was already overwhelmed due to the storm.