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I rarely use Apple Maps because once it took me to a dead end street that was not my destination…
But another reason I don’t use Apple Maps that often is because it often provides instructions that are unhelpful.
One example is “Proceed to the Route.”
Why Does Apple Maps Tell Me To “Proceed To The Route”?
This morning I thought I would give Apple Maps another try.
I had to go to a meeting in North Haven, Connecticut and wasn’t sure if I should take I-84 or I-95.
I started toward I-84, then realized I-95 would be better and quicker…
Apple knew that I-95 was better… But, as I was driving, Apple Maps just kept saying “Proceed to the Route…”
This is really unhelpful… Especially if you’re driving.
If you knew what “the route” was… You probably wouldn’t be using Apple Maps in the first place.
So, it’s probably safe to assume that when Apple Maps (Siri?) says “Proceed to the route…” you have no idea what the heck that means.
Also, you don’t want to have to fumble with your phone while driving to try to understand what the hell Apple Maps wants you to do… Personally, I’m not as comfortable with the Apple Maps interface as I am with Google Maps.
It would be better if Apple Maps just said something like, “In a half mile, turn right on Main Street…” or something like that.
Then, if you’ve made an executive decision to go a different direction and you want to shut the directions off, or if something has happened to change your destination, you can make that decision yourself.