Just because the van says "Amazon" does not mean it's ready for a literal jungle.
The year 2020 has been a doozy. Between all the social-distancing and self-quarantining, sometimes it's nice just to have a chuckle at some other poor so-and-so's misfortune.
Enter one Amazon-branded Ford Transit delivery van. According to The Drive, an Amazon delivery driver was following their satellite navigation system's directions to a tee when, inexplicably, the system led them to become quite stuck on Canyon Lake Trail - a rugged 4x4 trail in California, located less than an hour from the ridge where a Jeep Wrangler was famously left stranded earlier this year. Stuck vehicles have become something of an endemic in California, it seems.
The Drive was tipped off by Cavalry Off-Road Recovery - the towing service that eventually helped get the Amazon Transit unstuck. Freddy Rodriguez of Cavalry told the outlet that Amazon only got around to asking for his help after four other towing companies flat refused to help pull the vehicle out of its unfortunate resting place.
By the time Rodriguez arrived, the driver of the delivery van was gone; after being told over the phone that those initial towing companies wouldn't be able to assist, he apparently got spooked and called 9-1-1, arranging for an aerial rescue by the local sheriff's office. Rodriguez himself says Cavalry was inclined to wait until the following day before recovering the Transit, but Amazon insisted that they needed the vehicle out as soon as possible.
So how did all of this happen in the first place? Well, as far as GPS has come over the years, it's still an imperfect system, and Amazon drivers are discouraged from deviating from the GPS's directions because if they do and they happen to get stuck or stranded, they could be held personally responsible for the bill.
In other words, any driver who doesn't blindly follow the navigation system's directions would be opening themselves up to a whole world of liability. Best to just follow along even when the GPS is leading you down what is quite obviously a 4x4 trail.
But who knows? Maybe the forthcoming Rivian-developed pure-electric Amazon delivery vans will fare better in the wild.