These days, it is almost unthinkable to leave home without Google Maps.
Jakarta's traffic-weary motorists rely on the application to find the best routes possible while drivers of ride-hailing services use it for the quickest way to get from point A to B.
In March 2018, Google Maps launched a new feature designed to help motorcyclists find the least-clogged shortcuts, which most of the time, cut through some of the most crowded neighborhoods and slums of Jakarta.
The new feature, called #RuteKhususMotor (Special Motorbike Route) may have been a godsend for motorbike drivers, but it has added to the headache of those who actually live in the neighborhoods that have seen a spike in traffic.
In one of these neighborhoods, locals got fed up by the worsening traffic and decided to take action.
In Kota Bambu Selatan, West Jakarta, motorcycles have invaded the narrow Jl. Ori - which has a width of an adult's outstretched arms - to avoid traffic congestion and take a shortcut to Slipi, Kemanggisan and Tomang.
Nanik Setyawati, 47, who has been living in the neighborhood for 21 years, said the alleyway was a favourite alternative route for motorcyclists, especially on Saturday nights.
Conditions have deteriorated so drastically in recent months that locals are now worried.
"Motorbikes come from every direction, just to get to the main roads. This is the most crowded alley [in the area]. Now, housewives of the neighborhood would stand guard and remind motorcyclists to slow down because we have many children playing around here," Nanik said.
Motorcyclist Putrika Santika, who relocated to Jakarta from Surabaya, East Java, in September last year, said Google Maps mostly recommended narrow alleyways for her to get to her office in Mega Kuningan from her boarding house in Radio Dalam, South Jakarta.