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genec 05-08-13 10:18 AM

OK bit of a laugh... but remember, you share the road with these folks...
 
Next time the mechanical voice tells you to hang a right where none exists, trust your own two eyes instead of making these mistakes...

http://news.yahoo.com/8-drivers-blin...213900496.html

And remember, there is no cure for stupid.

FBinNY 05-08-13 10:47 AM

Yes, there is no cure. I agree that these are pretty funny, but even funnier is the reaction of US politicians.

Here in the NY metro area, we have a number of older parkways, most of which have narrower lanes and low overpasses, and therefore ban commercial vehicles. Trucks have always wandered onto these and a good many crash into the overpasses (despite good signage at the entrances). The ones that stop on time are also a problem because they have to be backed off the road, sometimes for miles.

Lately things have gotten worse, because more and more truckers are using GPS navigation. So instead of reminders to Professional Drivers to read signs and exercise decent care, our local politicians are calling for standards for GPS, and liability in case they cause trucks to venture onto restricted roads.

Is nobody responsible for his own actions in the USA today?

Looigi 05-08-13 01:46 PM

Of course GPS, per se, only knows geographical coordinates. The maps are databases residing in the receiver or in the cloud, and the nav instructions are only as good as those databases.

DX-MAN 05-15-13 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Looigi (Post 15603814)
Of course GPS, per se, only knows geographical coordinates. The maps are databases residing in the receiver or in the cloud, and the nav instructions are only as good as those databases.

Which means, to me, that GPS isn't worth a shat.

dynodonn 05-15-13 08:15 PM

The times where I have found GPS going awry is in construction zones, where one should keep there wits about them anyway. If one keeps their GPS constantly updated, they are a great tool to have.

unterhausen 05-15-13 08:45 PM

the databases are pretty good. I have only had mine try to lead me astray once. It tried to get me to go down a singletrack trail. Apparently there was a right of way for a road, but no road had been built

CB HI 05-15-13 11:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unterhausen (Post 15630516)
the databases are pretty good. I have only had mine try to lead me astray once. It tried to get me to go down a singletrack trail. Apparently there was a right of way for a road, but no road had been built

Sounds like an ideal route for a cyclist.

WPeabody 05-21-13 03:04 PM

Had FedEx drivers constantly misdelivering my packages, always going to the house the next street up, even though the street has a decidedly different name. It turns out they were using GPS that somehow superimposed my street with the next street, hence the confusion. Even on the phone with the driver had to keep telling him my house was not red brick... "But--I'm right in front of your house!" Ah, no, there's no Fed Ex truck in front of my house... LOL

Keith99 05-21-13 04:15 PM

We are going into summer so most likely we will have to wait a while for the next incident, though who knows heatstroke and thirst might do the job.

BUT come winter some tool will set their GPS to shortest route and end up on back roads that don't get plowed or even dirt roads that wash out in any rain and at least come close to paying the ultimate price.


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