I work a client-centric job that requires me to drive around a lot. I’ve seen just about every nook and cranny of Boston. I often rely on navigation apps and have tried a couple of them over the years. My personal favorite is Waze, though I spent quite a bit of time using google. Needless to say, it started causing me issues down the road. Here is a representation of some of the notable navigation apps.

Waze: I’m going to attempt to find the quickest way to get you to your destination. It seems that there’s quite a bit of traffic on the usual route, so I’m going to plot out a faster route. I will take you through some towns whose names you’ve never heard of, and you will drive on some very foreign roads. You’ll see some country sides and nice barns. There are also some abandoned mills and scenic rivers. It may seem weird at first, but I will get you to your destination and you will never have to see a lick of traffic. I will do everything in my power to keep you out of traffic.

Google Maps:
I’m going to take you on what statistics, analytics, and travel metrics say is the best route. Oh, there’s 40 minute slowdown on your route? I don’t care! I’m Maury Show 1000% sure that you’re on the fastest route. Back roads? What the hell is a back road? Damn it kid! You’re on the best route, so you’re gonna sit in this damn traffic like a champ. There’s another slowdown ahead. I don’t know what back roads are, so I’m going keep you in all this tasty traffic. Just sit back, and enjoy the chaos. Oh, there may be one day where I decide to lead you up a one way road in the wrong direction. Don’t question it, just let it happen.

Apple Maps: What are roads? I’m gonna have you drive through this building, and off this bridge.

Mapquest: I still exist? Back in my day, you had to print your directions with no rerouting whatsoever!


Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.