Tonight I avoided the worst of Atlanta's Snowmageddon (or whatever the kids are calling the snowpocalypse these days) by taking the road less traveled.
My method of deciding which road to take was less romantic than Mr. Frost's. Using the Waze app for iPhone, I changed the navigation settings to avoid major roads, which I suspected would be the most clogged and dangerous. Then I let Waze guide me through an unfamiliar route home. Waze altered my suggested route several times to accommodate changes in traffic flow, and I encountered almost no traffic until I was nearly home. The trip took me over an hour instead of the usual 25 minutes, but it was safe and free of blockage.
What would traffic have looked like if everyone in Atlanta had used Waze to get home? What would it have looked like if we had autonomous cars? I suspect it would have looked a lot better.
Like most people, I sometimes complain about imperfect technology, but today I was in position that clearly demonstrated its benefits. Without Waze, I probably would have been stuck on a highway for hours. Because of Waze, I am cozying up to my cat on my couch. Today, choosing the road less traveled meant trusting a relatively new technology to guide me home. And that has made all the difference.