Sunday, March 18, 2012

GPS Leads Bus on 400 Mile Detour

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GPS navigation is a pretty awesome thing, but sometimes it goes a little bit astray. When it does, it’s usually ridiculously funny and I just can’t help but share. So, in honor of today being Wednesday, or “hump day” I thought I’d share another funny navigational mishap that I read about on GPS Daily.

According to the article, a bus driver in Belgium was headed to a French ski resport with about 50 Belgian tourists in tow. However, the bus driver accidentally selected the wrong destination on his GPS and ended up driving the opposite direction. Instead of the snowy Alps, tourists found themselves in south France, near the border of Spain looking out at vineyards instead of snow.

“There are three entries for La Plagne in France, and I selected the wrong one,” the driver told Studio Brussel radio, the youth channel of publicly owned VRT, which organised the failed holiday. The trip took the tourists about 600 km (400 miles) southwest of the initial destination. Tourists had to get out a map of France to convince the driver that he was going the wrong way, and eventually he did turn around.

It’s kind of refreshing to have a GPS mishap be an honest mistake where no one can falsely claim that the GPS messed up, isn’t it? According to the BBC, most of the tourists were pretty cheerful about the surprise detour, and they did eventually arrive at the Alps a full day later than expected.

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