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gcarmich
03-08-2010, 07:58 AM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/3981888/Family-spends-three-nights-trapped-in-ute

is a reasonable story in the oddstuff section of stuff, family ignore the signs, probably have a complete lack of common sense, and gets stuck.

Then we have the same article in the technology section and suddenly it is a GPS error.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/3983660/GPS-error-strands-family-for-days
I assume by GPS error they really mean Satellite Navigation error, which as we all know just gives you a route, it doesn’t take control of the car nor does it force you at gun point to take the suggested route ignoring common sense and the road closed signs.

Ok, so what we have is the press blaming the technology because let’s face it “Computer starts war” is a much better headline than “dumb sh*t presses wrong button”.

pctek
03-08-2010, 08:01 AM
Yes. There was one a while back - logging truck followed GPS down a skinny rd, ignoring the signs at the end of the road saying not suitable for trucks - he got stuck on the bend cause the truck was too long to make it round.

Terry Porritt
03-08-2010, 08:08 AM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3907805/Tararua-trampers-rescued-in-heavy-snow

gcarmich
03-08-2010, 08:13 AM
Another recent one, last paragraph says it all

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/motoring/3668817/GPS-led-tourists-into-wilderness

Arnie
03-08-2010, 09:29 AM
The same happened a few years ago here, some Tourists (yes they were Aussies) tried to go from Hanmer to Nelson via the Rainbow range even ignoring signs road was for 4 wheel drive only and at that stage closed I think, thru locked gates etc in a front wheel drive small car.

They thought it was strange when they ran out of sealed road on a main highway??? Must be something about Aussies and reading road signs.

gcarmich
03-08-2010, 09:41 AM
Seems to be a common theme, blame the technology for man’s inability to display some common sense.
I’d be dead now if I’d followed the advice of an early version of satellite navigation software running on an early PocketPC, it asked me to turn left in the middle of a bridge over a motorway in the UK to get onto the motorway, M4 I think it was.