PLACE: Near Toronto, Ontario
PLACE: New York
DESCRIPTION: A driver from California caused a fiery car accident when he turned on to railroad tracks in Bedford Hills and his vehicle was struck by an oncoming train when the car became stuck on the tracks. The driver, a 32 year old who works for a SIlicon Valley tech company, claims that the GPS device in his vehicle instructed him to turn right onto the train tracks.
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 before the woman was able to espace.
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 navigation system, apparently ignoring several no-entry signs and turning onto the walkway in broad daylight. The motorist then attempted to reverse out, damaging two lamp posts, a hedge, and the cherry tree. The tucker was fined 650 Swiss francs (about $540), and his GPS was given a firmware update and a copy of Google Maps.
DESCRIPTION: Errors on flood map would affect the flood rates of residents in the area. An area of the map labeled “A” should have been labeled “X”. This could cost property owners double the premium amount.
DESCRIPTION: The Himachal Pradesh government should apologise to the nation for publishing a map of India with wrong international boundaries in its official diary. The map, published on the turn page of the diary’s cover, shows the network of national highways in a two-colour contrast. Both Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin are printed in different shades and have not been shown as part of India.
DESCRIPTION: An authoritative source said that the accidental bombing of Danang Airbase by U.S. planes was apparently caused when the flight leader, guiding the planes above a heavy overcast, ordered the bombs dropped at the wrong map coordinates.
PLACE: New Delhi
DESCRIPTION: The Indian government has prohibited the import of a CD-ROM titled “Compton-1998 Encyclopaedia” as it contained wrong maps of India and objectionable textual references, the federal Home Ministry said.