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2012-12-16 03:34:43 PM  
Another Apple Maps victim. Thank goodness Google Maps for iOS is back!
 
2012-12-16 03:47:17 PM  
Don't think or anything. Just blindly do what an inanimate object tells you.
 
2012-12-16 06:28:28 PM  
Hahaha, the other dude was speeding cause he was low on gas! I don't think that's going to fly with the police.
 
2012-12-16 08:02:34 PM  
I've had that happen to me... oh wait... no I haven't!
 
2012-12-16 08:04:33 PM  
How do they know where we are going? They must be drunk.
 
2012-12-16 08:04:51 PM  
I got pulled over today for the first time in years. Expired tags, ugh.

Just thought I'd share.
 
2012-12-16 08:06:51 PM  
a fancy piece of electronics does not release you from the responsibility of basic thought
 
2012-12-16 08:07:43 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

/not amused
 
2012-12-16 08:08:28 PM  
They're upside down in Australia so it's no wonder the GPS had problems.
 
2012-12-16 08:08:52 PM  
cdn2.mamapop.com
 
2012-12-16 08:09:13 PM  

Huggermugger: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x310]

/not amused


oh, we aren't?
 
2012-12-16 08:09:33 PM  
I'm calling bullshiat. He was unconcerned by passing traffic because he thought it was a dual carriage way? Nobody was laying on the horn?
 
2012-12-16 08:09:47 PM  
"Meanwhile, another New South Wales driver had his car impounded after being caught doing 177 kilometres an hour on the Hume Freeway last night.

The 17-year-old P-plater told police he was speeding because his car was running out of petrol."


The faster I go the quicker I can get to a gas station officer, it's common sense!!
 
2012-12-16 08:10:02 PM  
"Thanks....thanks a lot"
 
2012-12-16 08:10:40 PM  
Ummm...I've used GPS devices for quite a few years. How the hell do you end up going the wrong way down the highway using one? Take his license.
 
2012-12-16 08:11:24 PM  
I've had this happen to me once, in downtown Honolulu, GPS turned me on to a street that was a bus/emergency vehicle only street. Had there been signage on the street I turned from, instead signage you could only see when you'd already made the turn, I wouldn't have turned, because I actually do look at the signs and such for one ways, etc when using a GPS.

/Didn't get caught by the cops, so no harm no foul.
 
2012-12-16 08:11:30 PM  
"Make a U-turn when possible."
 
2012-12-16 08:13:40 PM  
 
2012-12-16 08:15:40 PM  
Had it happen to me- there are a few streets here in DC that are one way, two way, or one way the other direction depending on the time of day. My GPS very much wanted to take me against rush hour, one way traffic on Rock Creek Parkway.

Now, I was able to use common sense and not do that, but I wound up having to pull aside and wrestle with the routing for it to not try and send me to certain death.
 
2012-12-16 08:16:57 PM  

buzzcut73: I've had this happen to me once, in downtown Honolulu, GPS turned me on to a street that was a bus/emergency vehicle only street.


The first words my father's GPS ever said to me was: "In 100 meters, go off road". Um, yeah, I'll get right on that, Betty.
 
2012-12-16 08:17:31 PM  
My GPS almost got me killed about five years ago by sending me up an active logging road near Coos Bay, Oregon.
 
2012-12-16 08:18:19 PM  
Maybe it's a shortcut.
 
2012-12-16 08:20:22 PM  
Yet another strike against the concept of the self-driving car.

On the plus side, the tendency of the sheeple to rely on GPS units and websites to tell them how to get to their destination, and the tendency of these devices to just stick you on the largest highway, means that the county roads are almost empty. If you're good with a map you can exploit this. Has anyone else noticed this?
 
2012-12-16 08:22:42 PM  

HiFiGuy: "Make a U-turn when possible."


That was my thought. I've had a GPS try to turn me the wrong way down a one-way street. Seems like a great way for shady municipalities to rake in some cash. Figure out which roads are most popular with GPS routing and change them to one-way streets.
 
2012-12-16 08:24:14 PM  
Technically, I think the GPS has a margin of error, that is, you can be some distance from the road on which it thinks you're traveling and it'll still give you credit for being on the right track. Certainly being in the other lane would qualify. For example, one of the eastbound highways near me is under construction, and as a result, they divert one lane of traffic onto one lane of the westbound lanes.My GPS doesn't think I'm in the wrong lane, it still thinks I'm over on the other side of the median, a good 50-70 feet away.

So I can see how this can happen with the GPS.

What I can't see is someone being so stupid as to not notice the oncoming traffic screaming past. Yes, it's possible that the GPS would not notice, but this fellow is clearly too dumb to drive. Too bad Darwin didn't fix the situation for us...
 
2012-12-16 08:24:43 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com 
Whoo oooh whooo ooh ooh whooooo, I'm gonna take you to Detroit Rock city, avoiding all toll roads,whooo, calculating, it's 500 yards to the motorway, are you ready to turn right?...in 300 yards make a right, you're almost there baby, Yeahh ehhh ehhhh ehhh
 
2012-12-16 08:25:53 PM  

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Yet another strike against the concept of the self-driving car.

On the plus side, the tendency of the sheeple to rely on GPS units and websites to tell them how to get to their destination, and the tendency of these devices to just stick you on the largest highway, means that the county roads are almost empty. If you're good with a map you can exploit this. Has anyone else noticed this?


I tried that last summer by messing with the settings on my GPS. It sent me on the narrowest, most harrowing windy mountain road I've ever driven on. There definitely was little traffic - probably because the locals knew what s deathtrap it was.
 
2012-12-16 08:26:44 PM  


The 17-year-old P-plater told police he was speeding because his car was running out of petrol.

i3.ytimg.com

 

/oblig
 
gja
2012-12-16 08:33:04 PM  
"Turn right, no left...TURN NOW!!!"
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
HAHAHAHAHA
 
2012-12-16 08:39:02 PM  

ElBarto79: The faster I go the quicker I can get to a gas station officer, it's common sense!!


It's so you when you run out of gas you can coast further, duh...

/yeah, I know
 
2012-12-16 08:41:18 PM  

majestic: How do they know where we are going? They must be drunk.


John Candy for the win.
 
2012-12-16 08:46:00 PM  
Question: Aren't there signs saying "WRONG WAY" and "DO NOT ENTER"? Sounds like he had a bit too much Fosters.
 
2012-12-16 08:46:48 PM  

buzzcut73: I've had this happen to me once, in downtown Honolulu, GPS turned me on to a street that was a bus/emergency vehicle only street. Had there been signage on the street I turned from, instead signage you could only see when you'd already made the turn, I wouldn't have turned, because I actually do look at the signs and such for one ways, etc when using a GPS.

/Didn't get caught by the cops, so no harm no foul.


Almost exactly the same story in LA, but saw blue lights practically immediately. Being the cynical sort, I wonder whether this was a means of generating money for the city.
 
2012-12-16 08:47:55 PM  
I was going to a location I'd never been to before, knew how to get in it's general vicinity, but Asked Google Maps how to get there from my "Current Location" which happened to be home. It's first direction was to turn right on a road that just happened to be one way the other direction.

I submitted a ticket to Google.

Another time, I was getting direction to a place on Google maps and it told me to take a turn on a road I didn't see found the next gas station to ask for directions they asked if I was using a GPS, because people come in looking for that road all the time, it was an entry to a Petroleum Plant, not a public road.

/CSB's
 
2012-12-16 08:50:17 PM  

ElBarto79: The 17-year-old P-plater told police he was speeding because his car was running out of petrol."


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-16 08:52:45 PM  
I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??
 
2012-12-16 09:01:00 PM  
 
2012-12-16 09:07:56 PM  
I think the best excuse I ever heard for speeding was from a lady that was going 96 in a 55 to get to the next rest stop because her dog had to take a dump right then. The judge was not sympathetic.
 
2012-12-16 09:11:57 PM  
Our GPS tried sending us down Footbridge Way.

Our car wouldn't fit so we turned around.
 
2012-12-16 09:12:39 PM  

fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??


God damn gentrification.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-16 09:13:24 PM  
A man caught driving the wrong way on a Victorian highway

But officer, I was on the right side of the road.
 
2012-12-16 09:19:17 PM  
Officer: Why were you going so fast?
Me: There's hot women in my area that want to get together with me!
Officer: Well, be in your way then, sir!

And. Scene.
 
2012-12-16 09:22:03 PM  

Skywolf Philosopher: Hahaha, the other dude was speeding cause he was low on gas! I don't think that's going to fly with the police.


Maybe he thought he would get better gas mileage.

/24 city/34 hwy/300 OMFGSLOWDOWN
 
2012-12-16 09:26:02 PM  
Waze keeps trying to get me to do an off and on at the intersection just south of my work when there's congestion. The only problem is that it's left and right turn only at that off ramp. I've flagged it but nobody with the "right" credentials will approve the fix. If you listen to those instructions you'll probably get broadsided by the cross traffic that still has a green light.
 
2012-12-16 09:32:20 PM  
I swear that my parents's GPS is actively trying to kill them. It's tried to send them down streets and highway exits that don't exist, the wrong way down one way streets, and has also changed directions at the last minute so that actually following them would be incredibly dangerous. I have witnessed all of these things in person so it's not just them not knowing how to use it, and they've run updates on it but it's still erratic. Now they've taken to only following the directions sometimes which just makes it so much more useless.

/csb
 
2012-12-16 09:34:53 PM  
"Sorry, page not found." :(
 
2012-12-16 09:35:04 PM  

Brontes: Don't think or anything. Just blindly do what an inanimate object tells you.


I'm sorry your wife got fat.
 
2012-12-16 09:37:27 PM  
dontfeedthegeek.com
 
2012-12-16 09:38:12 PM  

fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??


Same person who made sure that we've got a "Beverly Blvd.", "Beverly Ave." and "Beverliwill Drive" within blocks of each other in...Beverly Hills. (I think Beverly Blvd. and Beverly Ave might even intersect.) I used to have to send my officers to alarm calls in that area and new guys would get lost at least once a night.
 
2012-12-16 09:38:38 PM  

Glancing Blow: My GPS almost got me killed about five years ago by sending me up an active logging road near Coos Bay, Oregon.


No, it didn't. You did, by believing the machine gave a fark about you.

/cue Temple of Syrinx.
 
2012-12-16 09:46:53 PM  
OtherLittleGuy:

Excellent.
 
2012-12-16 09:48:34 PM  
I use GPS all the time, rarely have a problem, but then I'm not a retard, so there's that...
 
2012-12-16 09:54:53 PM  

robodog: Waze keeps trying to get me to do an off and on at the intersection just south of my work when there's congestion. The only problem is that it's left and right turn only at that off ramp. I've flagged it but nobody with the "right" credentials will approve the fix. If you listen to those instructions you'll probably get broadsided by the cross traffic that still has a green light.


Waze is the one that tried to send me against the flow of rush hour traffic. I love a lot of the extra features, but I don't trust their routing at all.
 
2012-12-16 09:58:55 PM  
i877.photobucket.com

I would have a hard resisting her commands
 
2012-12-16 10:15:02 PM  

ElBarto79: "Meanwhile, another New South Wales driver had his car impounded after being caught doing 177 kilometres an hour on the Hume Freeway last night.

The 17-year-old P-plater told police he was speeding because his car was running out of petrol."

The faster I go the quicker I can get to a gas station officer, it's common sense!!


Actually, my car is more fuel efficient at 70 mph than 55 mph. But 177 kph is kinda excessive.
 
2012-12-16 10:18:40 PM  

Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??

Same person who made sure that we've got a "Beverly Blvd.", "Beverly Ave." and "Beverliwill Drive" within blocks of each other in...Beverly Hills. (I think Beverly Blvd. and Beverly Ave might even intersect.) I used to have to send my officers to alarm calls in that area and new guys would get lost at least once a night.


I live in queens, NY.

This is the only place I've ever been (I've actually travelled a lot) where you have 67th st, 67th rd, 67th dr, 67th pl, and 67th ave. There is some sort of crack head logic about the dr's and pl's being near the ave's, but no, not really. Also, the aves are not contiguous. At all.

It's literally like they threw a bunch of crayons to a bunch of drunk monkeys and said "Hey, come up with a street names".

I only moved here about 9 years ago, and can't figure the place out, at all. I once asked a native if he could explain it to me, to which he replied "Yeah, of course" but when I asked him to qualify that, he balked.
 
2012-12-16 10:24:00 PM  
Visiting my brother in LA, the little woman who lives in his car's dashboard really wanted us to take any number of onramps. All closed for construction. Probably not true, but it sure did seem like she was getting more and more pissed off with each 'missed turn'.

\U turn when convenient, asshole!
 
2012-12-16 10:24:48 PM  

tripleseven: Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??

Same person who made sure that we've got a "Beverly Blvd.", "Beverly Ave." and "Beverliwill Drive" within blocks of each other in...Beverly Hills. (I think Beverly Blvd. and Beverly Ave might even intersect.) I used to have to send my officers to alarm calls in that area and new guys would get lost at least once a night.

I live in queens, NY.

This is the only place I've ever been (I've actually travelled a lot) where you have 67th st, 67th rd, 67th dr, 67th pl, and 67th ave. There is some sort of crack head logic about the dr's and pl's being near the ave's, but no, not really. Also, the aves are not contiguous. At all.

It's literally like they threw a bunch of crayons to a bunch of drunk monkeys and said "Hey, come up with a street names".

I only moved here about 9 years ago, and can't figure the place out, at all. I once asked a native if he could explain it to me, to which he replied "Yeah, of course" but when I asked him to qualify that, he balked.

tripleseven: Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??

Same person who made sure that we've got a "Beverly Blvd.", "Beverly Ave." and "Beverliwill Drive" within blocks of each other in...Beverly Hills. (I think Beverly Blvd. and Beverly Ave might even intersect.) I used to have to send my officers to alarm calls in that area and new guys would get lost at least once a night.

I live in queens, NY.

This is the only place I've ever been (I've actually travelled a lot) where you have 67th st, 67th rd, 67th dr, 67th pl, and 67th ave. There is some sort of crack head logic about the dr's and pl's being near the ave's, but no, not really. Also, the aves are not contiguous. At all.

It's literally like they threw a bunch of crayons to a bunch of drunk monkeys and said "Hey, come up with a street names".

I only moved here about 9 years ago, and can't figure the place out, at all. I once asked a native if he could explain it to me, to which he replied "Yeah, of course" but when I asked him to qualify that, he balked.


Oh, I forgot to mention, in case it wasn't clear, this applies to ALL the numbered streets, aves, places, drive and roads in queens, not just 67.
 
2012-12-16 10:39:26 PM  

fusillade762: I got pulled over today for the first time in years. Expired tags, ugh.

Just thought I'd share.


sucks, doesn't it? can't get away with a damn thing nowadays. farking computers on board, they know at 12:01AM when you've expired. it's creepy.
 
2012-12-16 10:42:59 PM  
Part of the problem with the GPS devices is that they charge exorbitant rates for map updates. For example, it would be more worth my while to get a completely new GPS unit than to pay for the updates on mine. It's ludicrous.

And I note car rental companies don't even bother to update the maps on the GPS devices they'll rent to the customer. I recall a trip to North Carolina once - the GPS unit didn't know they'd moved Rte. 17 between VA and NC. So we were going through water on the GPS screen for a number of miles.
 
2012-12-16 10:43:11 PM  

tripleseven: Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??

Same person who made sure that we've got a "Beverly Blvd.", "Beverly Ave." and "Beverliwill Drive" within blocks of each other in...Beverly Hills. (I think Beverly Blvd. and Beverly Ave might even intersect.) I used to have to send my officers to alarm calls in that area and new guys would get lost at least once a night.

I live in queens, NY.

This is the only place I've ever been (I've actually travelled a lot) where you have 67th st, 67th rd, 67th dr, 67th pl, and 67th ave. There is some sort of crack head logic about the dr's and pl's being near the ave's, but no, not really. Also, the aves are not contiguous. At all.

It's literally like they threw a bunch of crayons to a bunch of drunk monkeys and said "Hey, come up with a street names".

I only moved here about 9 years ago, and can't figure the place out, at all. I once asked a native if he could explain it to me, to which he replied "Yeah, of course" but when I asked him to qualify that, he balked.


Miami has the same problem, except there is NW/SW added to the mix.

In Atlanta, just try to do directions with Peachtree.
 
2012-12-16 10:51:07 PM  
I followed a GPS into the pay lot of an airport one time, late for a job interview at the rent-a-car. The 2 dumbasses inside the parking kiosk explained that once inside, I simply could not leave without being charged $6, even if I didnt have $6 on me. I drove around to the exit side, with the little security stick that drops to prevent cars from leaving, and was about to drive through it Hollywood-style. Instead of it breaking and/or causing bumper damage, it slid up harmlessly over the hood and windshield without even leaving noticeable scuffs.

/This was ages ago, before GPS devices came on phones
//TomTom and Garmin were all the rage back in those days
 
2012-12-16 11:03:43 PM  

JerkStore: What I can't see is someone being so stupid as to not notice the oncoming traffic screaming past. Yes, it's possible that the GPS would not notice, but this fellow is clearly too dumb to drive. Too bad Darwin didn't fix the situation for us...


Alas, while idjits like this will meet their fate someday, I just might meet mine in the process.
 
2012-12-16 11:06:57 PM  

ImpendingCynic: Actually, my car is more fuel efficient at 70 mph than 55 mph


Seriously? I've never seen data for any car for which that was true. I didn't even think it was possible - since air drag is proportional to speed ^ 4, it tends to dominate all other factors above a certain speed.

No car I've ever owned has been more fuel efficient at higher speed - except insofar as freeways are better for efficiency because of the lack of starts and stops.
 
2012-12-16 11:21:01 PM  

socratesthekidd: a fancy piece of electronics does not release you from the responsibility of basic thought


Yup. I've had my GPS try to take me down a road that wasn't in shape to go on. I quickly turned around and send off a map correction to the company.

Great Janitor: Ummm...I've used GPS devices for quite a few years. How the hell do you end up going the wrong way down the highway using one? Take his license.


A GPS isn't accurate enough to figure out which side of the road you're on.

fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??


Probably the same one that thought it was a good idea to put El Camino and El Camito two blocks apart--and the other one could only be accessed by first turning on the first one. (By now I can't recall which was which.)

The place at our address on the other street had domestic violence problems (and this was back when the cops tried to defuse the situation rather than haul the perp to jail.) It got to the point that when we answered the door and found a cop we simply told them they wanted the house two blocks over.
 
2012-12-16 11:33:34 PM  
carbon111.com
 
2012-12-16 11:53:44 PM  

Brontes: Don't think or anything. Just blindly do what an inanimate object tells you.


Tells you pretty much everything you need to know about humanity: they will blindly follow 'authority' -- even if it's just a machine -- even to their own obvious detriment.
 
2012-12-17 12:15:43 AM  

Despair of the Cheese: I think the best excuse I ever heard for speeding was from a lady that was going 96 in a 55 to get to the next rest stop because her dog had to take a dump right then. The judge was not sympathetic.


I got my second speeding ticket because I was late to court for my first. 78 in a 55.

"NEVER speed to traffic court!" he tells me.
 
2012-12-17 12:21:30 AM  

Another Government Employee: tripleseven: Gyrfalcon: fusillade762: I went the wrong way on a street once when I first moved to San Francisco. Immediately came face-to-face with a police car. He stuck his head out the window and screamed "WHERE'D YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?!?!" I told him I was new to the city and he let me go. No GPS was involved, just bad directions.

And who's the asshole who decided it was a good idea to put two one-way streets, "Bryant" and "Brannon", right next to one another??

Same person who made sure that we've got a "Beverly Blvd.", "Beverly Ave." and "Beverliwill Drive" within blocks of each other in...Beverly Hills. (I think Beverly Blvd. and Beverly Ave might even intersect.) I used to have to send my officers to alarm calls in that area and new guys would get lost at least once a night.

I live in queens, NY.

This is the only place I've ever been (I've actually travelled a lot) where you have 67th st, 67th rd, 67th dr, 67th pl, and 67th ave. There is some sort of crack head logic about the dr's and pl's being near the ave's, but no, not really. Also, the aves are not contiguous. At all.

It's literally like they threw a bunch of crayons to a bunch of drunk monkeys and said "Hey, come up with a street names".

I only moved here about 9 years ago, and can't figure the place out, at all. I once asked a native if he could explain it to me, to which he replied "Yeah, of course" but when I asked him to qualify that, he balked.

Miami has the same problem, except there is NW/SW added to the mix.

In Atlanta, just try to do directions with Peachtree.


Cape Coral, FL is just like that too. Only there's NE, NW, SE, SW. And compounding the fact is all the damn canals around there that cut across and bisect roads. You're driving down SW 12th Terrace, looking for house number 800, you get to the 400 block and there's a damn canal, meaning you have to go 4 blocks over and 3 blocks up before you can get back to the 500 block of 12th Terrace....then you get to 799 and and there's another damn canal.
 
2012-12-17 12:25:26 AM  

mesmer242: I swear that my parents's GPS is actively trying to kill them. It's tried to send them down streets and highway exits that don't exist, the wrong way down one way streets, and has also changed directions at the last minute so that actually following them would be incredibly dangerous. I have witnessed all of these things in person so it's not just them not knowing how to use it, and they've run updates on it but it's still erratic. Now they've taken to only following the directions sometimes which just makes it so much more useless.


I've haven't had too many problems with mine. The biggest issue would probably be when someone panics after they miss a turn. The GPS is very reluctant to find a new route and will just keep trying to get you back to the old one with U-turns and turns onto neighborhood streets. Another issue would be when the GPS says "turn now" and somebody takes it as a literal now instead of the quarter mile away the map clearly shows and takes a turn too early (you need this kind of early warning on interstates, may be a bit too hastened for downtown areas). I always familiarize myself with a new area best I can and print out some maps just in case and mainly use the GPS to help confirm what I'm wanting to do so I'm not driving like a granny looking at the signs at every block for A street when it's still a mile away.
 
2012-12-17 12:26:18 AM  
Meanwhile, AAA still gives away maps to members...

Seriously, do it your own damn self. The only time I let my wife turn on her phone's GPS function is if we're lost (and that's largely a function of poor signage.)

And for the guy above who mentioned the side roads being less traveled... I totally agree. I hate highway driving these days. I'll take the side roads as often as possible. Far more fun, even if it takes a little longer.

I am absolutely convinced GPS is making us stupider.
 
2012-12-17 12:35:56 AM  
I've almost been in this situation. Was using a sat nav unit on a roadtrip and it led me to a one-way freeway that changes direction depending on the time of day to match the direction of peak traffic. Just happened that the traffic was going in the opposite direction to what I wanted to go. The difference was that I KNEW about the one-way freeway being one-way and listened to the "wrong way turn back" signs.
 
2012-12-17 12:37:24 AM  
"Driving behavior can be affected by new technology." WTF
 
2012-12-17 12:39:35 AM  
Was he using an ATMOS?
www.bbc.co.uk

/Hot, like the Sontaran home planet
 
2012-12-17 12:43:23 AM  
Excuse me while I call my attorney.
 
2012-12-17 12:53:40 AM  

fatkidinabeenie: it was an entry to a Petroleum Plant, not a public road.


my CSB

it isn't a petroleum plant but a road near my house looks great on google maps but quickly turns into an unpaved private road. hadn't been on it in 30 years and in that time there has been no improvement. turned around, the toyota isn't made for off roading.
 
2012-12-17 12:59:03 AM  
I once decided to see what my GPS would do if I purposely made a wrong turn when going home. It was mostly good, but I eventually got it to tell me to make a U-Turn on a road that is not safe to make U-Turns on (55 mph speed limit and not the best visibility).

My parents' GPS when we going down to City Island tried to have them make a U-Turn on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge (we decided not to take the Thruway), but they aren't idiots and actually know how to get there, so they didn't attempt it. It kept trying to direct us onto the Thruway, which while hilarious, is a valid route.
 
2012-12-17 01:20:22 AM  

Yugoboy: Meanwhile, AAA still gives away maps to members...

Seriously, do it your own damn self. The only time I let my wife turn on her phone's GPS function is if we're lost (and that's largely a function of poor signage.)

And for the guy above who mentioned the side roads being less traveled... I totally agree. I hate highway driving these days. I'll take the side roads as often as possible. Far more fun, even if it takes a little longer.

I am absolutely convinced GPS is making us stupider.


All this^.

Maps rock. I carry a US atlas in the car with me at all times. And before I've moved to any new city, I bought a map---which I always keep in the car, too---and familiarized myself with the basic layout. Add to that the fact that I have a rather good sense of direction, I just never get lost. No need for GPS when you know where you are and where you're going.

My husband, on the other hand, is lazy and prefers GPS. Annoys the shiat out of me.
 
2012-12-17 02:00:42 AM  

Another Government Employee: Question: Aren't there signs saying "WRONG WAY" and "DO NOT ENTER"? Sounds like he had a bit too much Fosters.


Nobody in Australia drinks Fosters. Nobody. I don't even think it's sold here.
 
2012-12-17 02:04:03 AM  
MIcrosoft Streets & Trips has told me to drive on snowmobile trails and across dams.

/small dams where foot traffic isn't even allowed
 
2012-12-17 02:21:07 AM  

RealFarknMcCoy2: Another Government Employee: Question: Aren't there signs saying "WRONG WAY" and "DO NOT ENTER"? Sounds like he had a bit too much Fosters.

Nobody in Australia drinks Fosters. Nobody. I don't even think it's sold here.


It can be found at touristy places. I had a taste test with some Canadian Fosters I brought back. We had a few cans of freshly brewed and two cans that hadn't even made it to the pasteurization stage yet. The Canadian Fosters was much better beer than the Aussie Fosters which was swill.

There are major roads like the Monash freeway (before lanes were added) that seem to be designed to be driven on the right, not the left. The exit ramps and acceleration lanes are on the wrong sides of the road. I wonder how many places that is true out on rural intersections.
 
2012-12-17 02:40:35 AM  

DON.MAC: There are major roads like the Monash freeway (before lanes were added) that seem to be designed to be driven on the right, not the left. The exit ramps and acceleration lanes are on the wrong sides of the road. I wonder how many places that is true out on rural intersections.


Sydney's Eastern Distributor has exits on BOTH sides, so if you don't know the exit is on the right, you're screwed by the time you figure it out. And, if you happen to pass your exit, you're doubly screwed, because it is nigh unto impossible to just take the next exit and double back. Almost NEVER works here. Oh, and the name signs for roads are just not there, more often than not. I could go on and on... roads could be done far, far better here. It's just a wonder there aren't more fatalities.
 
2012-12-17 02:50:57 AM  
My buddies followed their GPS through western NC one trip heading north, avoiding the major highways to take a scenic route. The road got narrower, then gravel, then dirt, then dissapeared IRL, but was still on the GPS as a regular road. They kept following it through a pasture on a farm, then down the farmhouse driveway and suddenly were back on the same numbered road. The farmer just waved as they went by.

Another time, I was following the GPS to a motel in the Outer Banks. It had me lost in a residential neighborhood on the Bay side when I found myself in front of the cottage my wife and I had stayed at during our honeymoon some 40 years earlier. The area had grown up so much, I would never have found it if I were looking.

Once, when cutting across Virginia from I-95 to I-81 and looking for a place to eat, the GPS somehow put us right in front of my wife's college dorm in Winchester, nearly 4 decades after she had last been campus.

It's always an adventure.
 
2012-12-17 02:56:18 AM  

RealFarknMcCoy2: Sydney's Eastern Distributor has exits on BOTH sides, so if you don't know the exit is on the right, you're screwed by the time you figure it out. And, if you happen to pass your exit, you're doubly screwed, because it is nigh unto impossible to just take the next exit and double back. Almost NEVER works here. Oh, and the name signs for roads are just not there, more often than not. I could go on and on... roads could be done far, far better here. It's just a wonder there aren't more fatalities.


The US tends to have large "Exit Left" signs and they like to have signs that say "this exit is Washington Road and the next exit is Jefferson in 3 miles".

But what I poorly described was the road design was if it was to be driven on the right. Exit ramps tend to have lots of room to merge (which isn't needed) yet the acceleration lanes just dump traffic into the roadway with no room to merge.
 
2012-12-17 03:13:46 AM  

DON.MAC: RealFarknMcCoy2: Sydney's Eastern Distributor has exits on BOTH sides, so if you don't know the exit is on the right, you're screwed by the time you figure it out. And, if you happen to pass your exit, you're doubly screwed, because it is nigh unto impossible to just take the next exit and double back. Almost NEVER works here. Oh, and the name signs for roads are just not there, more often than not. I could go on and on... roads could be done far, far better here. It's just a wonder there aren't more fatalities.

The US tends to have large "Exit Left" signs and they like to have signs that say "this exit is Washington Road and the next exit is Jefferson in 3 miles".

But what I poorly described was the road design was if it was to be driven on the right. Exit ramps tend to have lots of room to merge (which isn't needed) yet the acceleration lanes just dump traffic into the roadway with no room to merge.


All part of the joy that is driving in Australia, I think. :-/
 
2012-12-17 03:33:40 AM  
www.examiner.com 

i4.ytimg.com
 
2012-12-17 05:00:00 AM  

DON.MAC: Exit ramps tend to have lots of room to merge (which isn't needed) yet the acceleration lanes just dump traffic into the roadway with no room to merge.


It really varies. I've seen the opposite also. In heavy traffic the exit lanes would back up onto the freeway (because the frontage road would be backed up too) contributing to the sea of red (brakelights) that some freeways can become during rush hour.

One of my least favorite entrance/exit ramps were a tight cloverleaf in which the entrance ramp dumped people on a 75 MPH interstate as people exiting the interstate had to more or less merge to get into the exit ramp in the same space as the people entering had to merge onto the interstate. They've since redesigned it
 
2012-12-17 05:33:24 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Brontes: Don't think or anything. Just blindly do what an inanimate object tells you.

Tells you pretty much everything you need to know about humanity: they will blindly follow 'authority' -- even if it's just a machine -- even to their own obvious detriment.

 

i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-12-17 07:37:22 AM  

Loren: A GPS isn't accurate enough to figure out which side of the road you're on.


Civil GPS is accurate to about 10ft in most cases. New satellites are planned that will get this down to 3ft. This accurate enough to tell which side of the road you are on. How else would my satnav be able to guide me as to which lane I should be in?

Military GPS is accurate to 10cm...
 
2012-12-17 07:51:49 AM  

Sum Dum Gai: ImpendingCynic: Actually, my car is more fuel efficient at 70 mph than 55 mph

Seriously? I've never seen data for any car for which that was true. I didn't even think it was possible - since air drag is proportional to speed ^ 4, it tends to dominate all other factors above a certain speed.

No car I've ever owned has been more fuel efficient at higher speed - except insofar as freeways are better for efficiency because of the lack of starts and stops.


Its the way its geared.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-17 07:55:40 AM  
Sum Dum Gai

I've heard from several people who measured and found better fuel efficiency over 70 than at 55. My car goes down over 60.

I expect the peak to move, or have already moved, in response to the new EPA highway fuel economy test. There's an economic incentive to do well on EPA tests at the cost of real life driving. (E.g. the Corvette wouldn't let you shift from first to second if you were within the EPA urban test profile, annoying countless owners to gain 1-2 mpg on the sticker.)

47 is the new 42: It kept trying to direct us onto the Thruway, which while hilarious, is a valid route.

I have a theory that the New York Thruway has paid off nav system makers, because mine will send me 45 minutes out of my way to take the Thruway instead of another Interstate.
 
2012-12-17 09:26:57 AM  

kd1s: Part of the problem with the GPS devices is that they charge exorbitant rates for map updates. For example, it would be more worth my while to get a completely new GPS unit than to pay for the updates on mine. It's ludicrous.

And I note car rental companies don't even bother to update the maps on the GPS devices they'll rent to the customer. I recall a trip to North Carolina once - the GPS unit didn't know they'd moved Rte. 17 between VA and NC. So we were going through water on the GPS screen for a number of miles.


Oh come on; here in NC we put up these big green signs saying "US 17" and arrows that point in the direction you're supposed to take. Who are you going to trust; the state the road is in and put the signs up to help drivers know where to go, or a rental car company that doesn't give a shiat one way or the other if you get lost?

Besides, US 17 around Elizabeth City has been on the bypass for years now; it's not like we just moved it overnight when no one was around watching.
 
2012-12-17 10:24:40 AM  

Jeng: Our GPS tried sending us down Footbridge Way.

Our car wouldn't fit so we turned around.


We congratulate you on being able to do a U-turn where your car can't fit.

/kids nowadays and their spice space-folding ways
 
2012-12-17 10:36:24 AM  
Openstreetmap.org

I'm going to leave this here
 
2012-12-17 10:55:01 AM  

dready zim: Civil GPS is accurate to about 10ft in most cases.


"Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) is an enhancement to Global Positioning System that provides improved location accuracy, from the 15-meter nominal GPS accuracy to about 10 cm in case of the best implementations."

So GPS is accurate to about 50 feet. In some places, some equipment can do better, but there is a lot of magic being done by the software. If you're going North, the software will try to show you on the correct side of the nearest north-bound road.
 
2012-12-17 10:57:18 AM  

Bendal: Besides, US 17 around Elizabeth City has been on the bypass for years now; it's not like we just moved it overnight when no one was around watching.


"Here we are, live on the bypass, watching the highway department changing the US 17 signs during rush hour..."
 
2012-12-17 11:54:42 AM  
Many GPSs, and until recently Google Maps, believe that my street goes through rather than ends in a cul-de-sac. Someday I know somebody is going to turn down it way too fast, jump the curb, and end up in the creek.
 
2012-12-17 11:57:47 AM  
I'll just drop this here:

remote.lohudblogs.com
 
2012-12-17 12:08:32 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Another Apple Maps victim. Thank goodness Google Maps for iOS is back!


if i remember correctly, neither of those apps have spoken directions.
what's he doing looking at the phone screen while driving? THAT could be the problem, not APPLE MAPS
 
2012-12-17 06:30:18 PM  

dready zim: Loren: A GPS isn't accurate enough to figure out which side of the road you're on.

Civil GPS is accurate to about 10ft in most cases. New satellites are planned that will get this down to 3ft. This accurate enough to tell which side of the road you are on. How else would my satnav be able to guide me as to which lane I should be in?

Military GPS is accurate to 10cm...


Mine tells me what lane I *SHOULD* be in. It definitely does not know what lane I *AM* in. Looking at the when-to-turn indication indicates it's only accurate to about 50'. That also shows when I deviate from it's course, I have to get something like that far off before it realizes that I have done so. (For example, taking an exit ramp when it wants me to continue.)
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-17 06:44:53 PM  
YixilTesiphon: Many GPSs, and until recently Google Maps, believe that my street goes through rather than ends in a cul-de-sac. Someday I know somebody is going to turn down it way too fast, jump the curb, and end up in the creek.

That's basically the opening scene of Snow Crash.
 
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