BAFFLED pedestrians say they are being asked to perform miracles of biblical proportions after tapping in where they want to go on Google Maps.
When news.com.au tried to find walking routes from Barangaroo to Darling Harbour in Sydney’s bustling centre, the tech giant bizarrely suggested going full Jesus and walking across the water.
Similarly, others have taken to social media over the past few days to show pictures of their strange journey suggestions from the popular navigation app.
One pedestrian trying to find his way to Milsons Point on Sydney’s lower north shore from neighbouring suburb McMahons Point was also told to walk straight out into the body of water which separates them — Lavender Bay.
“This is how people get into trouble Google,” he wrote alongside a picture of the ridiculous route — which bizarrely includes instructions to take a train and bus route too.
“Missed the ferry up river by a minute. Was looking for alternate routes.”
After a barrage of sarcastic comments, which included: “You have to disable ‘swimming’ in settings, under travel options” and “Disable Jesus Mode”, social media users pointed out the map was merely pointing out a ferry route across the bay.
In the “walking” route across Darling Harbour found by news.com.au — there is a ferry icon next to the dotted walking line, however there is no mention of this on the Milsons Point journey.
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Despite the minor hiccup, Google Maps has just released a raft of new features to make the app more useful for the millions of Australians using it to find public transport options.
One of these is a new “commute tab” which will help users find out the best time to leave, whether your bus is full or the traffic is peaking.
Google Australia product manager Cayden Meyer said the app will now display a histogram that lets you compare your choices.
“If traffic is getting worse, and trending up, maybe now’s a really good time to leave; if traffic looks like it’s going to get better in 30 minutes, then maybe stay to finish up that document,” Mr Meyer told The Australian.
You also can see the pros and cons of other transport choices.
In Sydney, Google Maps will show the locations of public transport vehicles and bus occupancy data. You will know if the upcoming bus is full.
The tech giant does this by accessing data from Transport for NSW that works out occupancies based on when people tap their Opal cards.
However, this is harder to achieve on trains as you don’t know which platform someone is heading to when they tap on, and occupancy rates can vary between carriages.
Google Maps is also making Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and YouTube Music available within the app so that you can control your tunes and podcasts without having to tap out navigation mode.