Woman following GPS navigation drives off boat launch

GPS devices and in-car navigation systems can be handy, but what happens when they lead you astray?
  • May 17, 2016
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Has your GPS device ever mislead you? Most people have ended up in the wrong place or taken an excruciatingly long time to get somewhere thanks to a glitch in their GPS.

But not many people can say their GPS has led them into a body of water.

 According to a report from CBC, last week a Kitchener woman was following her GPS when she took a wrong turn and ended up driving down a Tobermory, Ont., boat launch straight into the water.

The report says the woman was unfamiliar with the area and that poor visibility contributed to her confusion. Luckily, she was not injured.

This isn’t the only case of people blaming their GPS for leading them dangerously astray.

Back in 2009, a man from New Yorkshire followed his GPS up a narrow footpath and almost drove off a cliff, and in 2011, a New Jersey man drove into a house, claiming his GPS told him to continue going straight despite it being a dead end road.

These accidents beg the question: does a GPS do more harm than good? Some argue reliance on GPS might be killing our natural navigation abilities, as Canadian Geographic explored in a previous post.

As relying wholeheartedly on GPS becomes the new norm, we may hear about more bizarre accidents in the future.

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