Driving directions

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Yes, these are ads. And not even new ads, but they are new to me. The first reminds me of an overly prescriptive, talkative GPS unit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ljFfL-mL70

and this one reminds me of times when the GPS unit gets confused and says, essentially, “I give up; you are on your own;”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdcJVuylmsM

But GPS-enabled talking directions, while interesting, have limits. Not so with GPS-enabled written directions. Say you want to travel from Seattle, Washington, to Yokosuka, Japan. One of my coworkers pointed out that this can be very entertaining. Here is Google’s suggestion:

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Seems pretty reasonable except — why is it 34 days? Travel down Washington 99 N to — what? Kayak across the Pacific to Hawaii?

So once in Hawaii we travel across Oahu and continue to the shore,

wpid-seattleyokosuka2-2011-09-1-22-00.png

and then do some more kayaking before emerging in Japan near Choshi, and take various highways, tollways and such,

wpid-seattleyokosuka3-2011-09-1-22-00.png

and at Step 52 we reach Route 16, the main highway for the Miura peninsula. It all makes sense.

Except, maybe, for the kayaking.

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