We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A year or so ago, some friends from California were stopping over night on their way east. Their GPS directed them over a dirt road after a heavy rain as well. We had to drive a tractor 15 miles one way to get them pulled out.
Actually, any of those map apps need to be used with serous reservations. Remember a nasty crash south of here where a van of workers tried to cross a south-bound lane and didn't make it; comment was they were following GPS or near offer. Also heard of a couple whose GPS took them into the back country in NW USA - he tried to walk out for help and didn't make it; she was found still in the vehicle and survived.
Reality is that one should take a hard look at the intended route while stationary and with reference to other maps. Would go one further than Jack and actually print out map for en board reference.
I'm not sure how Google maps is at fault here for pointing to a road without mentioning that the road might be muddy. It's a map service, not a driving service. 100 drivers all oblivious to the situation? I think I found the problem.
I got caught in historic "Major Flooding" and found myself saying "nope" and turning around on almost all of the GPS suggested detours. Others in front of me may have forded fast-moving water over the roadway, but I wasn't going to try.
The day after that experience, paper maps of our state and region were ordered for placement in each car. Sometimes being able to see all possible routes in a big-picture view is quite handy.
Based upon memory of topography and past occasions of witnessed flash flooding, we ended up on that occasion choosing to systematically follow the next known route "clockwise" of that which had just proved impassible, as we remembered the opposite direction as lower in elevation and more problematic. We eventually made it home fine a few hours later than planned.
To the person waiting for self driving cars: all these vehicles use extensive use of GPS, requiring much more micromanagement than a human driver would
I don't know about Google maps, but GPS units allow you to specify no dirt roads, and the definition of dirt road is variable. A while back in Maine, I followed the GPS on a dirt road and found out it was really an ATV trail. While I had a lot of run straddling 2 foot deep gullies etc (I was running an off road equipped vehicle) I can imagine some poor person getting in and unable to back up or turn around