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Old 15.01.2013, 21:51
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

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In aviation (where I first used GPS) there is an acronym for blindly following the GPS. Look at accident statistics for CFIT (controlled flight into terrain)
GPS? ..... luxury. Whatever happened to ADF and VOR, and good old dead reckoning?
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Old 16.01.2013, 08:16
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GPS? ..... luxury. Whatever happened to ADF and VOR, and good old dead reckoning?
Yeah, I remember all of those as well. I thought that I had died and gone to heaven when I first flew behind a GPS around 1991-92 (King KLN-90, with a screen in any color you wanted as long as it was green- moving map? what's that?). Don't get me started about the young punks who learn to fly with a Garmin G1000.

Back in my day, we had to look out the window every so often, and we didn't have auto start or auto land, and we had to walk to flight school in the snow, uphill both ways, but we were thankful for what we had.....
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Old 16.01.2013, 09:06
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

A friend of mine lives in a village in Leicestershire where a few years ago a woman drove a 100k Merc into a nearby river because the Sat Nav said yes.

Mind boggling.
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Old 16.01.2013, 16:52
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

It's not just GPS. Some of the online map programs are full of errors too, and people are too dumb to use their own brains and figure it out.

Not long after I moved to a new city several years ago, I decided to print a map to help get home from the office (kept getting lost). Map clearly showed I should drive along ABC Road and then hang a right and head out into the lake. Of course I didn't think that was right, so I went the long route down to the highway and around the lake. Later I asked OH for the right route, without swimming. Got a good laugh.
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Old 16.01.2013, 17:30
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

While driving from Altdorf to the Puoletburg, my GF spotted an very new underpass under the Gotthard railway that was not in the GPS. Driving with open eyes really helps.

Also until some months ago Goggle maps could not route you trough Bosnia, which meant this short trip looked more like this one.
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

Recently someone gave me a lift through an area she ostensibly knew much better than I. I thought I'd recognise it when we got there, and I explained roughly where we needed to go, but I could tell she wasn't listening to me as she entered the final address in her GPS.

Along the way, I said: "Oh, yes, this is right. We're close now. It'll be the next turn right, or the one after that. We're now in abc Road, at the corner of xzy Street. So it's all fine."

She asked: "How do you know?"
I said: "I'm looking out the window."
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Old 12.07.2019, 02:11
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

Yep, I like to look around when driving, remember signs and big landmarks, I used to look at the map at home than just drive there with the car.

Now with a TomTom I notice I've been to places I could simply not find again without using TomTom or a map simply because I paid to little attention.

Mistakes also happen when not in a car tho, last time I took the train to Dietlikon, I had a short unexpected break in Dietikon to buy an ice-cream before taking the next train back to where I should be
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Old 12.07.2019, 07:39
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

We rely a lot less on our geographical orientation abilities and almost totally on technology. Every time I read this title it makes me laugh out loud but I can imagine this sort of situation is possible. We're getting dumber.
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Old 12.07.2019, 08:20
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

This is not a modern phenomenon, because remember, Moses got lost in the Sinai desert for 40 freaking years and he had GOD on his side and tablets. And in the 1212´s a whole crusade got lost, gone, havn´t turned up since the middle ages and they were in Germany.
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This is not a modern phenomenon, because remember, Moses got lost in the Sinai desert for 40 freaking years and he had GOD on his side and tablets. And in the 1212´s a whole crusade got lost, gone, havn´t turned up since the middle ages and they were in Germany.
Are we really sure that Moses was a man?
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Old 12.07.2019, 09:56
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Are we really sure that Moses was a man?
Of course he was. He didnt ask for directions
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

Well the problem is obvious. AFAIK there are no ‘miles’ on the continent (perhaps Gibraltar). The Daily fail told her to drive for miles and she was looking quite hard.

Actually I’m surprised it didn’t use kms as, it can be revealed, that 1,600kms sounds more shocking than 1,000 miles. Or not.
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Old 12.07.2019, 11:18
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Of course he was. He didnt ask for directions
You beat me to that one.
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Old 12.07.2019, 12:13
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This is not a modern phenomenon, because remember, Moses got lost in the Sinai desert for 40 freaking years and he had GOD on his side and tablets. And in the 1212´s a whole crusade got lost, gone, havn´t turned up since the middle ages and they were in Germany.
He downloaded the directions from the cloud.
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Old 12.07.2019, 17:38
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Be careful in Switzerland. There is a Cressier NE, Cressier FR, Crissier VD, Rapperswil BE, Rapperswil SG..
Villars-Ste-Croix (VD)
Villars-Burquin (VD)
Villars-Tiercelin (VD)
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Villars-Bozon (VD)
Villars-Bramard (VD)
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and many more similarities!

I always check on the GPS that the destination is correct on the little map preview. My friend did not do this and went about 2 hours in the wrong direction: she does have two science degrees, but then we can all make a mistake.
There is also Crassier in Vaud!
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

Another classic mix-up is Pfaeffikon ZH and Pfaeffikon SZ. It doesnt help that the train from Zurich HB to Pfaeffikon ZH (direction Wetzikon) is just one or two platforms from the train going to Pfaeffikon SZ.
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Re: Belgian woman blindly drove 900 miles across Europe as she followed broken GPS

Well if I was driving a Bugatti Chiron SS then I would also just " keep driving"

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Another classic mix-up is Pfaeffikon ZH and Pfaeffikon SZ. It doesnt help that the train from Zurich HB to Pfaeffikon ZH (direction Wetzikon) is just one or two platforms from the train going to Pfaeffikon SZ.
Or Gossau ZH and Gossau SG. Also there are 2 villages with same name - both in Canton Zurich...
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Old 08.09.2019, 08:56
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Or Gossau ZH and Gossau SG. Also there are 2 villages with same name - both in Canton Zurich...
Still mix up Dietlikon with Dietikon.
https://youtu.be/9oflGdghD_M
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He downloaded the directions from the cloud.
...on his tablet. But something went wrong with Autochisel.
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