I had to drive down to Quantico yesterday to present a visionary scenario at the NCIS headquarters, so I tried out Apple’s new Maps app with spoken turn-by-turn directions. Overall, it worked well, but there is one glaring issue I encountered.
It initially presented me with three routes to choose from, and I selected route 3, which might take a few minutes longer, but would avoid the D.C. beltway and would be more scenic. I tested the app’s ability to reroute right away by making a slight detour to fill my tank. It didn’t miss a beat, giving me new directions within seconds after I turned left, instead of right. It wasn’t until after I had left the PA Turnpike, eaten dinner, and reached the exit where route options 1 and 3 branched that I discovered the problem. Apparently, when the app rerouted me, it remapped the entire route, defaulting to route 1. It isn’t smart enough to remember that I had specifically selected route 3.
That should be easy enough to fix, but it’s the kind of detail I expect Apple to get right the first time.