Automated navigation that supports humans

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In this post I will provide an example of automated navigation that supports human. Tool is Google Maps.

It was last day of European Testing Conference 2018, and I spent it in dinner with excellent software testers and developers at the restaurant near the conference venue.

Context:: I was only one that had to use train to get to my hotel.

When Google showed that last train is scheduled for departure in 10 minutes, it was time to say goodbye and had to train station. I put for destination Rijksmuseum, as it was close to my hotel and more popular location than my hotel. Because of that, it had better data and better routes. When I put my hotel as final destination, I got longer routes. Here it is:

As this was last train, root was different than the morning root of that day. As I knew morning root, I decided to deroute (human intervention) Google maps route (full automation). I went off the U train one stop earlier, and took a walk. In that way I matched morning route:

Arrival time was the same, but with new route I got much better user experience by walking part of the route in the evening near lovely Amsterdam canals.

Amstel lovers bridge in Amsterdam

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Karlo Smid

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