I turned on Google Maps and its voice navigation assistant again tonight – for the trip back to Pleasanton. There is a complicated freeway interchange at Pleasanton that I am not yet familiar with. As I started out, the female voice said confidently ‘You are on the shortest route, and will arrive at 7.28 pm, despite some traffic on the way’.
Weird, I thought, first time I heard the ‘despite some traffic’ part. Well, it turned out there was a big accident on I-680, and Google Maps steered me onto a feeder road (San Ramon Valley Boulevard) that runs along I-680, instead. And sure enough : it was 7.28 pm when I pulled up at the hotel parking lot.