Blame the navigation device

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According to the police, a 47-year-old man on a scooter in Apeldoorn, Gelderland was fined last Friday for driving on the A50 motorway. The man listened and blindly obeyed the advice of his navigation system (I’d love to know which one, as I can’t automatically assume it’s from that Dutch brand, but it’s a distinct possibility).

The guy drove his scooter over the emergency lane of the A50 in the direction of Zwolle en route to Leeuwarden. The police eventually stopped him and fined him. The man claimed his GPS ‘told’ him that the quickest route to Leeuwarden was to scoot over the A50.

So the GPS obviously screwed up, but the man deserves a ticket for forgetting anything he learned about driving and safety. And how about that GPS software?

And just in case it was that Dutch brand:

(Link depers.nl)

2 Comments »

  1. This story reminds me of the navigation scene in a classic Planet Internet commercial: http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=icMHuNQnS3A

    Comment by Jeroen Mirck — December 1, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  2. The man probably had not ticked the option to avoid motorways on the route: user error, rather than a device error.

    Comment by Eric — December 2, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

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