Skip to comments.Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
Posted on 01/16/2013 8:16:31 AM PST by posterchild
Put too much faith in technology and you may wind up in Croatia. A 67-year-old woman from Belgium learned that the hard way after she followed (faulty) directions from her GPS device.
The woman only wanted to go about 90 miles from her hometown of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium, to pick up a friend at the Brussels train station. Her GPS device sent her about 900 miles to the south before (during the second day of driving) she realized that something was amiss. It's unclear if she entered the address incorrectly or if the GPS was faulty.
Discovery explains that the driver, Sabine Moreau, stopped twice for gas, slept on the side of the road, and "even suffered a minor car accident" along the way. She told El Mundo that she wasn't paying attention.
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Probably yapping on her cell the whole time.
Gee, ya think?
Mankind is doomed.
Technology dependency. Makes me glad I’m in QA, I have a natural distrust of tech, I don’t automatically believe any directions from Google or a GPS, always actually look at the map path to see if it makes sense, and usually tweak it because they take roads I avoid.
I know the feeling. I mindlessly follow the GPS as it tells me to go blocks out of the way and make huge loops around the city to get to the same place I could have gone if I just went straight. Faith in the GPS can be like a religion — you don’t question it.
These people vote
Hopefully their ballots will be too late after a two-week trek to the post office a mile away.
People were amazed that I took off from Michigan headed for Frisco Texas without a map. I looked at a map before leaving and got an idea of a basic route then called my destination from Little Rock about the best route to Plano and then I called from Plano for my friend to come find me so I could follow him to Frisco.
I bet they can find the welfare office in record time without GPS OR DIRECTIONS.
This woman should not be driving a car!
Somebody needs to contact the friend waiting at the Brussels train station to tell her that her ride is going to be late. Maybe she should think about taking a taxi.
My wife’s record (pre-GPS mind you) is 125 miles the wrong way.
Human reason and common sense should override machines. Judging from past experience, I doubt that it will. Too many people put complete faith in machines, especially if the machine is a computer.
At least it didn’t detour her thru Martin Luther King Blvd.
A machine is only as smart as the user.
In today's world however, this woman drives and drives, having no internal feeling that something is wrong until she is 900 miles away from her destination, and it becomes an AP story that circles the globe for a read and a good laugh..
I used a GPS one time and it betrayed me. Almost missed a buddy’s wedding. I will never use one again.
Just watched “the Avengers” this weekend. Their hover aircraft carrier was falling out of the sky and needed to get back over the ocean.
Samuel Jackson calls down to the bridge and asks for a status update and the navigator dude said the computer was down and they couldn’t get the coordinates blah blah blah. Jackson screams back tho him which direction the sun rises and to turn that way and keep it in the left window.
Pretty much sums up todays brain dead way of relying on computers instead of using common sense.
She must be a sister of Obama. Doesn’t know north from south or east from west.
I use GPS a lot - I go to unfamiliar areas all the time for work.
In some cases I’ll set it to “shortest route” to see if there’s a better route...it’ll send you through fields - off the road to rocky dirt paths - makes driving exciting :)
I will happily admit that I am Wrong-Way Corrigan. If there are two possible directions, I’ll take the wrong one. If there are three, I’ll take both wrong ones before taking the right one. However, it wouldn’t take me more than an hour to figure out I was going in the wrong direction just by the road signs. They do have road signs in Croatia, don’t they?!
We had an occasion to be attending a wedding at Pensacola Beach and directions from Nuvi was to drive out of the lot behind our B&B, turn Right for 6 blocks, Left for 4 blocks, another Left for 6 blocks, then Left again 3 1/2 blocks & turn Left onto a causeway.
In fact, GPS Nuvi had us making a rather large rectangle to take the very next Left our of our B&B parking area (1/2 block from our starting point!).
I became almost violent when hubby attempted to repeat the directions later the same day!
We are still married but..........
Just curious at what point she thought something might be wrong... on the second or third gas fill-up for this 90-mile trip?
If this isn’t the feel-good story of the year, I don’t know what is.
You simply can’t fix stupid.
I don’t buy the story. To get to Croatia from Belgium, she would have had to cross through Germany and Austria, Slovenia, and maybe even Luxembourg or Italy, and she would have had to drive over the Alps.
Don’t they have road signs in Belgium?.
One would think the reporter would verify such a fundamental fact before such a story went to print.
Considering that the woman outed herself as such a ditz, I would give good odds on the former.
I hope she took advantage of the opportunity to do some sight-seeing in Zagreb--there are some fine old buildings in the medieval section of the city, and the archaeological museum has the longest Etruscan inscription in existence (the Zagreb mummy wrapping).
In times past Belgium and Croatia had common rulers--the Habsburgs (Belgium for a long time was known as the Austrian Netherlands).
Sad to admit it, but this woman driver can relate. I am definitely of above-average intelligence, I am very co-ordinated, and I am very organized, but I have no sense of direction. That part of my brain — along with the part that is supposed to do math — is just not developed. I even get lost in buildings unless I take the time to memorize the way out
Before GPS, I spent a lot time getting lost. The dear husband, on the other hand, can visualize any place from which I call him and tell me exactly how to get home. Fortunately, I don’t have to make those calls these days, thanks to the GPS in my car. The husband is just baffled by my affliction.
I had one of those exciting trips towing an 18’ trailer on what was basically a logging road. I’m always up for an excursion off the 4 lanes.
...I dont automatically believe any directions from Google or a GPS, always actually look at the map path to see if it makes sense, and usually tweak it because they take roads I avoid.
That’s what my husband does. He has lots of paper maps and uses them along with the electronic helps. For me a map might as well be in Greek.
She was pining for the fjords?
I went on a tour of the Bankhead tunnel in Mobile last year, and in the control room, they explained that they had many accidents involving trucks or RV’s hitting the low clearance entrance. Most of these accidents, they explained, were the result of people following GPS(even after passing signs telling them they couldn’t fit and going through warning chains set to brush the tops of vehicles too tall to go through). Right after the guide said that, the camera monitoring the entrance showed a U-Haul was backing out after a near miss. Thinking about this, I realize that a lot of the people who would be on a route taking them through the Bankhead Tunnel would be locals who should know better.
I <3 my Tom-Tom. One thing it does is alert me to exit ramps when I am daydreaming, and gives an indication of time and mileage to go.
There was one time, when the wife and I were going to a B&B in Stockbridge, MA, that it took us about two miles on an unpaved single lane dirt road through the woods (without warning us that our route had unpaved roads, as it usually does), when there was a perfectly good paved road available. My wife was driving “her” car and she was not amused.
“Put too much faith in technology and you may wind up in Croatia. “
A neat trick, considering she started in Philadelphia.
I love GPS gadgets. I’ve got about seven of them. My only concern is how the GPS lady seems to get frustrated, tense, and finally angry every time I pull off the highway for gas and she starts in with the angry, “Recalculating!”
She sounds like an ex-wife or two.
But one time while driving through the Rockies taking the ‘scenic route’ the GPS lady almost got even. Suddenly she firmly said, “In 300 feet, turn right!”
I seriously considered obeying until it registered in my brain that there was a sheer drop of about 800 feet on the right side!
Also similar to an ex or two.
I’ve been on that road!
I know the area pretty well but put ‘shortest route’ onto the Magellan just to see if there was one....boy there are a bunch of dirt roads around there :)
My last eventful ride onto uncharted roads was in New Milford CT last month(you wouldn’t think so there)- loads of dirt and gravel roads, barely a lane wide - up and down steep hills...I ended up turning around in a paved driveway of a million dollar house and back tracked.Oops.
I had completely forgotten that they had voices. I turned my GPS’s voice off when I got it. I have a wife and daughters telling me where to go and what to do.
But forget road signs !
Unless driving some kinda vehicle with saddle tanks, the second petrol stop shoulda been at least a partial clue !
Why didn’t she stop and ask for directions?
Oh, wait, only men are supposed to do that.
We have a Garmin Nuvi. The darn thing seems to have a random route generator. It will generate a different route to the same location each time you fire it up.
For instance, there is a nice, simple, fast way to get from I75 in Georgia to Tallahassee, FL (and we do this a lot) - the Georgia Florida Pkwy - GA 300. But she (our Nuvi is named “Jill” after the voice she uses) will go any route BUT GA 300. These roads are typically over two lane 55 mph roads. The traffic is light, but what there is does not want to go 55mph. It either goes much faster or much slower.
I find this sort of thing entertaining when I am by myself or with just my wife and we have no schedule putting demands on us. I am never lost if my wife is with me because I am exactly where I want to be. But with kids, and/or if you are planning to go to work and school the next day..
Mostly I find GPS to be useful for “terminal phase” of a trip. You get close to where you are going, then use her for the final directions.
But I think I am going to print the directions to and from Tallahassee, laminate them, and stash them in the car.