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Driver Led To 100ft Cliff Edge By Sat Nav
sky news ^ | 3/25/09

Posted on 03/25/2009 11:52:59 AM PDT by mathprof

A driver has blamed his sat nav for leaving his car teetering on the edge of a cliff after he followed its instructions.

Robert Jones said he trusted his navigational system and continued to follow it when it told him the steep, narrow footpath he was driving on was a road.

Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, now faces court action for driving without due care and attention.

His BMW nearly plunged down a 100ft cliff in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, on Sunday.

He was only stopped from falling after the vehicle rammed into a wire fence.

Police and rescue teams then spent nine hours recovering his car following the incident.

The 43-year-old, who works as a driver, said he relies on his sat nav for his job and described the incident as a "nightmare".

He told the Halifax Evening Courier: "It kept insisting the path was a road, even as it was getting narrower and steeper, so I just trusted it.

"You don't expect to be taken nearly over a cliff."

Mr Jones added: "I guess I'm just lucky the car didn't slip all the way over the edge."

The drama attracted crowds of onlookers in the picturesque market town that borders the Pennines.

One said: "It's like something off the Italian Job, but what a waste of police time.

"It's all well and good trusting your sat nav but how about trusting your eyes and when there's not a road in front of you, don't keep driving."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


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I wonder if this guy is related to Geithner.
1 posted on 03/25/2009 11:53:00 AM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof

SkyNet became self aware


2 posted on 03/25/2009 11:54:48 AM PDT by MrB (irreconcilable: One of two or more conflicting ideas or beliefs that cannot be brought into harmony.)
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To: mathprof

He could be a Darwin award nominee. Let’s always use our common sense. If we see the road is disappearing, don’t go that way, even if the satellite navigation thing tells us that’s the right way to go.


3 posted on 03/25/2009 11:55:40 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: mathprof

I wonder if the GPS was programmed to say “Now, fall to death, 500 feet” should he had gone over.


4 posted on 03/25/2009 11:55:46 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: mathprof

(in sexy female voice) “Re-Calculating”


5 posted on 03/25/2009 11:57:13 AM PDT by TADSLOS ( Join the Conservative Revolution! http://falconparty.com/)
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To: mathprof

The GPS must be getting directions from TOTUS.


6 posted on 03/25/2009 11:58:16 AM PDT by madison10
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To: mathprof

what an idiot.

just listen and obey the voices no matter what dude.


7 posted on 03/25/2009 11:58:51 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Slapshot68

Jeez, how hard is it to consult a map before leaving on the trip. Can no one navigate in analog mode anymore?


8 posted on 03/25/2009 11:58:57 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: mathprof

Horse-hocky!


9 posted on 03/25/2009 11:59:59 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: mathprof

Note to self: Don’t forget to look out the windshield while navigating by GPS.


10 posted on 03/25/2009 12:00:48 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Obamalama lied, the republic died.)
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To: GeronL

Son of Sam did that and we ALL know where it got him.


11 posted on 03/25/2009 12:01:06 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: mathprof

Reminds me of the movie “EAGLE EYE” when the military computer took over...


12 posted on 03/25/2009 12:01:39 PM PDT by max americana
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To: mathprof

Are 0bama and Co. using GPS to navigate their way through the economic crisis?


13 posted on 03/25/2009 12:03:39 PM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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To: mathprof
Israeli GPS Commercial
14 posted on 03/25/2009 12:04:06 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: mathprof

15 posted on 03/25/2009 12:04:08 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck, with McCain as his Kowakian)
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To: mathprof

I hope that they revoke his driver’s license for being too stupid to be allowed to opperate a motor vehicle.

My guess that alcohol might be involved. A “hold me pint, mate” ping might be in order.


16 posted on 03/25/2009 12:05:59 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: mathprof
My grandson and I were out geocaching one day, he was 8 at the time. He was on the passenger side with the GPS, I was driving and he was giving directions. Right in the middle of a bridge he shouted, "turn left, Oompah, turn left right here". I said, "Gerry, we're on a bridge, I can't turn". He told me, "Well, we will never find the cache if we don't follow directions".

Technology is great but it can't replace common sense.

17 posted on 03/25/2009 12:07:31 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: mathprof
Police and rescue teams then spent nine hours recovering his car following the incident.

Then the interior detailing teams spent fifteen hours struggling to remove the driver's seat skid mark.

18 posted on 03/25/2009 12:08:46 PM PDT by MortMan (Power without responsibility-the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Dallas59

LOL!


19 posted on 03/25/2009 12:08:59 PM PDT by TADSLOS ( Join the Conservative Revolution! http://falconparty.com/)
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To: mathprof

Unfortunately, he failed the final part of his instrument rating test.


20 posted on 03/25/2009 12:10:33 PM PDT by kenth (Obama - One Big Ass Mistake, America)
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To: mathprof

What a moron.

The scary thing is that this guy probably already polluted the gene pool so even an honorable mention for a Darwin Award is out of the question.


21 posted on 03/25/2009 12:11:12 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper (Today we've discovered a force more powerful than luck or genius----stupidity.)
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To: mathprof

Was he driving with his eyes closed??


22 posted on 03/25/2009 12:12:32 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: mathprof
The 43-year-old, who works as a driver,

He should never be allowed to drive again!

23 posted on 03/25/2009 12:12:35 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: IYAS9YAS

I do use mine when in unfamiliar places. It’s tough to use a map if you’re driving alone, and I also like the fact that I can find a gas station or food or whatever easily. There’s nothing wrong with having one and using it. But one has to be sure who is in charge!


24 posted on 03/25/2009 12:14:13 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: mathprof
Reminds me of taking a cab home from Logan, with the big dig having torn up half of downtown Boston. The drivers GPS system kept insisting that he turn into construction barriers or police barricades.
25 posted on 03/25/2009 12:14:53 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The death cult wants death, the Israelis want peace. I, for one, see only one solution.)
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To: Seruzawa
"Note to self: Don’t forget to look out the windshield while navigating by GPS."

Pilots have a thing called "Death by GPS" for that very reason. VFR, or visual, pilots failing to look out the front part of the cockpit while fiddling with the GPS. With the new Synthetic Vision Technology, some pilots feel there is no need as the system projects the outside terrain on the screen.


26 posted on 03/25/2009 12:15:40 PM PDT by CodeToad (Anyone wanting the government to take over medical care should stand in line at the post office)
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To: IYAS9YAS
Jeez, how hard is it to consult a map before leaving on the trip.

Even maps aren't to be trusted...maps of Vermont show roads that, in reality; are mere cow paths full of small boulders. That Vermont 'short cut' is a disaster in waiting for your vehicle...

27 posted on 03/25/2009 12:16:48 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: mathprof

We used NRoute (?) for a trip from Tennessee to Oregon. It actually was incredibly accurate - even guiding us through road work detours. However, on one occasion it did tell us to take an exit down a steep hill where no exit existed. We had the good sense not to follow the instructions.


28 posted on 03/25/2009 12:25:14 PM PDT by Twotone
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To: WayneS

Son of Sam did that and we ALL know where it got him.
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Now you just take that back. Son of Sam wasn’t listening to just any voices, it was a dog talking to him.

I listen to mine, don’t you?

Of course, mine just wants more food, trips to the trails around the resevoir, and the occasional belly rub. Oh, and to watch tv while laying between my wife and I on the couch.


29 posted on 03/25/2009 12:26:44 PM PDT by dmz
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To: mathprof
My wife and I were travelling a rural road that follows a river here. Evidently the path recorded in the GPS device was different along a small stretch of road.

After not having heard a peep from the device for about an hour, it suddenly announced, "Turn right", which would have put us in the river.

We may not have heard the last of this story. My GPS device includes the capability of supplying corrections to the manufacturer to improve the data. If somebody maliciously entered a false roadway into their own GPS and then submitted it to a manufacturer who included it in their internal maps, then we might hear that somebody is in trouble for having intentionally created a dangerous situation.

30 posted on 03/25/2009 12:28:03 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: who knows what evil?
Even maps aren't to be trusted...maps of Vermont show roads that, in reality; are mere cow paths full of small boulders. That Vermont 'short cut' is a disaster in waiting for your vehicle...

I understand that, but usually maps have a designation for the type of road (certain color is highway, certain color for unimproved road, etc...).

31 posted on 03/25/2009 12:40:27 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: MortMan
Then the interior detailing teams spent fifteen hours struggling to remove the driver's seat skid mark.

Woulda been cheaper to replace the seat...

32 posted on 03/25/2009 12:42:00 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: IYAS9YAS
I understand that, but usually maps have a designation for the type of road (certain color is highway, certain color for unimproved road, etc...)

These were certainly 'unimproved'...LOL! :-)

33 posted on 03/25/2009 12:53:52 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: GeronL

“just listen and obey the voices no matter what dude.”

Bob Hope had a word he used to decribe these people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkzV5AIK8iM


34 posted on 03/25/2009 12:54:26 PM PDT by NavyCanDo (Party Like Its 1773)
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To: mathprof
The 43-year-old, who works as a driver...

FAIL!


35 posted on 03/25/2009 12:58:08 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (FOBO)
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To: mathprof
Some people are just too incompetent to use technological tools. This guy is one of them. GPS and navigation programs aren't perfect. They are guidance, nothing more. Even when not making monumentally stupid moves like driving into a river or off a cliff, there are still less obvious hazards. One is particular involves driving through a neighborhood that is ethnically or racially dangerous for the driver. The nav programs don't have features to keep you from driving into the middle of a gang infested neighborhood. That could get you killed.
36 posted on 03/25/2009 12:59:16 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Reminds me of taking a cab home from Logan, with the big dig having torn up half of downtown Boston. The drivers GPS system kept insisting that he turn into construction barriers or police barricades.

My Garmin GPS V insists that I should turn right (west) from I-15 south as I approach the Chubbuck Rd overpass. There is no offramp. You have to proceed to I-86 West to turn that direction.

37 posted on 03/25/2009 1:03:13 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: who knows what evil?
These were certainly 'unimproved'...LOL! :-)

Yeah, not only did the instructions say "Turn off the paved highway.", but they also included the "Follow Lulubelle through the pasture."

38 posted on 03/25/2009 1:20:39 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: mathprof

A good candidate for the Darwin Award?


39 posted on 03/25/2009 2:08:36 PM PDT by beckysueb (Palin/Jindahl in 2012)
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