GPS tells elderly motorist to do U-turn on expressway... so he does
An elderly motorist driving along a 130-kilometre (80-mile) an hour expressway in eastern France caused an accident when he followed the advice of his onboard GPS computer -- and made a U-turn to drive into the high-speed traffic.
Police said the hapless 78-year-old driver, who was not named, and the occupants of the vehicle he ran into escaped unharmed from the collision late Sunday, but it could have been much worse.
The man told officers his car GPS had told him to "make a U-turn immediately" as he drove along lost on the autoroute near the town of Nancy in search of a hotel.
He did so, not realising the limitations of his satellite navigation device, which guides using verbal directions.
"It's not the first time we've had a GPS incident," one of the officers said, recalling the time a police vehicle found itself face-to-face with a motorist going the wrong way in accordance with his computer's instructions.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.