Trusting your GPS

This is why you should not blindly trust your GPS:

The three, who are students from Tokyo, set out to drive to North Stradbroke Island on the Australian coast Thursday morning, and mapped out their path on their GPS system.

The road looked clear, at low tide – but the map forgot to show the 9 miles of water and mud between the island and the mainland.

As the three drove their rented Hyundai Getz into Moreton Bay, they found the GPS device guiding them from a gravel road into thick mud. They tried to get back to solid ground, but as the tide rose they were forced to abandon their car. Passengers on passing ferries watched in amazement.

Also, I have a question: how oblivious do you have to be to not realize until it’s too late that you’re driving into a body of water? Yes, GPS’s are known to be flawed, and they’re far from perfect—but this?!

I have a nagging feeling that these guys should reconsider making travel plans by themselves in future. 😛

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