GPS might be dangerous !

@topffer (30523)
France
November 16, 2017 8:27am CST
A GPS does not always understand what you ask it. Last week in Toulouse a 50 years old lady who had asked to her GPS to drive her to an underground car park called «Jeanne d’Arc» entered with her car in the stairs of a «Jeanne d’Arc»... subway station ! Nobody has been hurt, but she was a bit panicked. The firemen were called to extract the car and the driver from the entrance of the subway. Do you follow blindly your GPS ? The photo was posted on Twitter.
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@LadyDuck (121395)
• Switzerland
16 Nov
This thing is more dangerous than useful. This year we already had 24 drivers entering the highway the wrong way because they followed the GPS. The one in our car is always turned off.
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
I saw several people taking my street in the wrong way when I was in my previous home, and then I noticed that the GPS in my car was not telling that there was a prohibited direction in this street.
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@LadyDuck (121395)
• Switzerland
16 Nov
@topffer Our friend who works in Monte-Carlo, has a brother who lives in Saint-Nom-la-Bretàche. When he went there last year for the Christmas holidays he followed the GPS to reach the house of his brother. At a certain moment, he noticed he was driving in front of the same place for the 4th time. There were recent road works, the GPS was not updated and he was continuously turning around the same roundabout. He loves technology.
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
@LadyDuck Some GPS seem to be never updated. They are not always bad : when I went to the island of Ré last summer, I would never have found the way to take with a bicycle from La Rochelle if I had not remembered that I had a GPS app on my phone.
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@much2say (35391)
• United States
16 Nov
I can't stand being told what to do . . . so I don't need GPS telling me where to go . I might get on my phone to locate a place and look on a map . . . but I do not use GPS to navigate me as I drive. I think I have a pretty keen sense of direction, so I'd like to keep that trait. My husband does use GPS a lot though . . . I try to tell him not to rely on it so much . . . use your brain, I say . . . the brain could prevent accidents like this!
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
Her brain worked but was a bit late, else she would have taken the subway with her car. Indeed, when you know where you go you do not need a GPS. But they are sometimes better than asking to people. Long before the GPS era, I asked once my way in Belgium and I received for response : "When you don't know, you don't go". And I know a few places where people are quite always sending you to the opposite direction when they respond.
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@much2say (35391)
• United States
17 Nov
@topffer I just don't know how anyone can make a turn before actually looking to see if they could make a turn. I assume she had to jump the curb too! Well before GPS, my father always had a habit of studying a map before going somewhere. He wrote down possible short cuts and alternative routes just in case. So I guess I picked up on that. But the times I've gotten lost, I've never had a problem getting out of the car to ask someone . . . usually it'd be in a working place (store) where I know the person should know the answer. So do you think the people you asked were being intentionally rude? I would be so flippin' angry if people purposely set me onto the wrong course!
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@topffer (30523)
• France
17 Nov
@much2say They do that in a countryside where they were in war against the Republic 2 centuries ago. If you have a plate from another area, you can be quite sure that they will send you in a wrong direction. I have a few friends from this area, and they have the same problem now that their cars are not located there. For the Belgian... he was Belgian. We have a lot of jokes about Belgians : Why they have no ice cubes in Belgium ? Because they lost the recipe. Who invented the submarine ? A Belgian trying to build a boat. What is a smart man in Belgium ? A tourist. etc Indeed, the Belgians have also a lot of jokes about French.
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@YrNemo (8455)
16 Nov
Not so far . Can't guarantee that I won't in the future though .
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
I think it can happen to anybody. At least she stopped after a few steps.
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@YrNemo (8455)
16 Nov
@topffer Glad to hear you said so (that it could happen to anybody!). I was in a car with some male driver once. He did curse when the GPS told him to turn left on a certain street. I asked why he did so, he said, 'If I turn left, I will drive into the river there!'
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
@YrNemo An accident can always happen. When I was a toddler I released the hand break of the car of my father's car when it was parked near a river. The river was not deep, but I remember that my father was not happy.
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@louievill (16346)
• Philippines
16 Nov
GPS is not popular in our country, we are a nation of Hell's drivers you know, a lot of our drivers are more dangerous than the dangers a GPS may pose
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
Italians are not bad too when it comes to Hell's drivers, especially in the South. I remember a few weird accidents like a bus pushing a car in a ravine.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
I can't follow one because I don't have one, I use old-fashioned maps!
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
They are probably less dangerous.
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@ebanreb (4746)
• Philippines
16 Nov
I still prefer human touch than this technologies
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
Human touch will not always tell you where is the underground car park you are looking for...
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@ebanreb (4746)
• Philippines
16 Nov
@topffer ask the people around you.
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
@ebanreb Some skills in social engineering are needed. I asked my way once in Belgium and I got for response "When you don't know, you don't go".
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
2 Dec
I don't use GPS, it is just too erratic. Thank goodness no one was injured @topffer!
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@topffer (30523)
• France
2 Dec
Apparently, yes, not even the car, although the driver was not able to leave it.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
6 Dec
@topffer , so scary! No GPS for me.
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@dpk262006 (54657)
• Delhi, India
17 Nov
Yes, I have experienced that GPS sometimes act whimsically and would take you to such places/streets which have no ending.
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@topffer (30523)
• France
17 Nov
Yes, it happens. As long as you are careful enough to not enter with your car in a subway station...
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@dpk262006 (54657)
• Delhi, India
20 Nov
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@Platespinner (18472)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Nov
My GPS (actually my husband's. Mine always works perfectly) has given us erroneous directions many times. We've never actually followed it into difficulties, but that hasn't stopped the evil thing from trying.
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@topffer (30523)
• France
16 Nov
Some GPS might be sponsored by autobody-mechanics.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Nov
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@kepweng (6289)
24 Nov
god scarry i Think gps Not accurate! waze is more credible
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@topffer (30523)
• France
24 Nov
Waze is also a GPS app, I am not sure it would prevent something like this.
@Tampa_girl7 (21603)
• United States
22 Nov
They are definitely less then perfect and could be dangerous. We knew someone whose GPS directed them into the ocean. Thank goodness they were paying attention.
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@topffer (30523)
• France
22 Nov
The subway maybe better than the ocean. Especially if the car is near a cliff.
@thelme55 (11777)
• Germany
21 Nov
OMG! That was dangerous. No, I don´t use GPS. They are annoying. I prepare to look at the map before going to a place I don´t know yet.
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@topffer (30523)
• France
22 Nov
The map is certainly less dangerous.
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• Pamplona, Spain
22 Nov
No not at all and specially in Spanish. That must have been really scary for her. We use the English language but we don´t blindly follow all the directions as most of the street names have been changed yet again. Lucky and very lucky no one was hurt including herself.
@cahaya1983 (9415)
• Malaysia
22 Nov
Oh no I'm glad no one got hurt. We use Waze very often and although it did drive us crazy a few times fortunately nothing dangerous has happened. Hope it never will!
@Susan2015 (18628)
• United States
19 Nov
Never had GPS before. My husband used to have the Sync system that would give directions.