LAPD Warns Drivers Navigation Apps May Steer Them Toward Fires

December 07, 2017


Navigation apps like Alphabet's Waze, which can do wonders directing drivers through traffic, backfired for some motorists trying to maneuver around the wildfires that are raging across Southern California.

Drivers have posted on Twitter that apps including Waze have steered them toward the flames. The Los Angeles Police Department warned motorists during a press conference Wednesday to be cautious using navigation apps near fiery areas and to obey all road blocks, spokesman Mike Lopez says.

Waze is in contact with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to identify fire zones and has updated its mapping to reflect about 150 road segments that are closed, according to Chelsea Russo, a spokeswoman for the app. The fires are moving so fast that Waze has had a tough time keeping up with their location, she says.

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