Archive for category: GPS

Faith in GPS sends Mercedes downstream

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2007-03-27 PLACE: COUNTRY: UK DESCRIPTION: A U.K. woman sent her Mercedes flying into a river, trusting the car’s optimistic GPS guidance instead of the road signs warning of impending doom. Matters were made worse as the river was swollen from recent heavy rains, which caused the vehicle to be swept some 200 meters downstream [...]

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Driver follows GPS onto a pedestrian walkway, into a cherry tree

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DATE: 2007-07-21 PLACE: COUNTRY: Switzerland DESCRIPTION: A 37-year-old trucker followed his GPS directions to their totally illogical conclusion when he drove his truck down a pedestrian walkway and wedged the delivery vehicle into a cherry tree. The driver, who was looking for a factory to drop off his cargo, blindly followed the voice of his [...]

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GPS causes an accident in France

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2004-12-03 PLACE: COUNTRY: France DESCRIPTION: A 78-year-old man traveling on an 80 mph highway in France caused a traffic accident when he listened to his GPS system’s directions to “make a U-turn immediately.”

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Polish driver follows GPS directions into a lake

Categories:GPS, Outdated data or maps

DATE: 2008-10-24 PLACE: Warsaw COUNTRY: Poland DESCRIPTION: The man followed the GPS instructions and took a road that was closed a year ago when the area was flooded to make an artificial lake serving as a water reservoir.

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Bus carrying High School softball team hit a footbridge

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DATE: 2008-04-17 PLACE: Washington Park COUNTRY: USA DESCRIPTION: A bus carrying High School softball team hit a footbridge because the driver didn’t see the warning signs or lights. He was using a GPS that routed the tall bus under the 9-foot bridge

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Young woman stuck for three days in her car

Categories:GPS

DATE: 2011-03-02 PLACE: Miramichi, NB COUNTRY: Canada DESCRIPTION: A medicine student at Sherbrooke University, going to New-Brunswick for work, took the wrong road following her GPS instructions. IMPACT: The woman stayed three days in her car, stuck in the snow, before somebody could find and rescue her.

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A Polish bus falls and crashes on a road of the Alps

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DATE: 2007-07-00 PLACE: Laffrey (Isère) COUNTRY: France DESCRIPTION: A Polish bus falls and crushes on a road of the Alps because the driver followed the GPS’s instructions. However, according to the road signs, the road is prohibited for bus. IMPACT: 26 deaths.

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