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#1 Thursday 11th September 2014 21:51:24

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From: Darwin, Northern Territory Aus
Registered: Friday 20th August 2004
Posts: 2,700


Drivers sometimes doggedly follow GPS directions. This incident from the e-book Uncle John’s Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader that I’m currently reading, didn’t result in injury:

‘Three Japanese college students wanted to visit North Stradbroke Island, off the coast of Brisbane, Australia. When the GPS unit in their rental car instructed them to drive to the island, they followed the route to the water’s edge … and kept driving into the bay. They had to make a quick escape before their car sank. The ordeal was witnessed by several people on a nearby ferry, which is how most travellers get to the island. “The GPS told us we could drive down there,” a stunned 22-year-old Yuzu Noda told the Brisbane Times. “It kept saying it would navigate us to the road.” The young tourists were uninjured, but the rental car was lost.’

A part of the blame could perhaps be contributed to language difficulties but you’d think a ‘normal driver’ would pause at the water’s edge and consider the situation before continuing?

There was also an article about a truck driver in Poland who fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into a house,. A family sitting at the kitchen table was surprised (to say the least) to see the kitchen wall suddenly replaced with the front of a truck. The driver got out and asked for coffee, apparently he didn’t get it because a loose brick from the wall fell on his head and knocked him out.

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#2 Friday 12th September 2014 06:36:52

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From: Edinburgh
Registered: Sunday 5th February 2006
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I was a navigational officer on cargo ships.

I was handing over the watch to the second officer and a trainee officer at 0600 whilst steaming down the river amazon.

We were using paper charts and line of sight navigation methods but also had a radar running with the GPS data superimposed onto it. We had entered way point data into the GPS so the radar showed the course line on the radar screen.

The river amazon is constantly changing and even the paper charts cannot be kept fully up to date so you rely on looking out the window.

The trainee officer looked at the radar screen, noted that we were coming up to a way point and change of course and verbally instructed the helmsman to alter course. Fortunately the Second officer and myself caught it as the heading that he gave would have taken the ship straight into the side of a newly formed island, which was clearly visible out the window, but was not on the paper chart.

That was 20 years ago!

LGV PCV Instructor DVSA ADI Fleet


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