Last week I had the pleasure of driving around in the 2014 GMC Terrain for our family fun week adventures. Tobei and I decided to test out it’s “trunk” space by going shopping from some groceries. We headed out to wal-mart to complete this task. Once we were done we loaded up the Terrain and decided to head to Tim Horton’s for a coffee break.
I didn’t know where the Tim Horton’s was as I usually hit up the one near home instead of in this part of town. Yes we had the navigation system and I could have looked it up but I wanted to try out OnStar as I had never used it before. So I hit the OnStar button and I got connected to Jamal.
Me – Hey Jamal, can you direct me to the nearest Tim Horton’s
Jamal – Sure I can do that let me look it up.
**couple seconds pass by**
Jamal – I found it and am sending the directions to your vehicle now.
Me – Thanks Jamal
My navigation system lights up with the directions to the nearest Tim Hortons. Well that is where OnStar fail comes into play.
See that purple dot? That is where we were parked. See the red dot? That is the nearest Tim Horton’s. Only thing separating us is a bunch of parking spots and a Wendy’s blocking my view of the Tim Hortons building.
Well the blue line is the shortest, quickest and common sense way to get from Wal-Mart to Tim Hortons. The green line is the way OnStar sent us including it’s instructions to “Pull an illegal U-Turn” where you see it turning us around to head back to where we came from.
So maybe OnStar wasn’t a total fail. It did get us to our destination, just not in the common sense way. We had a good laugh at it and considered calling Jamal back to ask for $0.80 to pay for our unnecessarily used gas but decided against it.
I can totally see though how OnStar would come in handy to get directions to the nearest Tim Horton’s if I was busy driving and couldn’t use the navigation system myself.