We tend to rely on GPS technology a little too much, particularly while driving through an unfamiliar area looking for a friend and/or drug dealer's house. The more advanced GPS technology becomes, the easier it is for us to forget that, due to programming errors or outdated source maps, GPS routes are often utterly incorrect to the point of inflicting personal catastrophe.
8 GPS Tells Woman to Drive Car onto Railroad Tracks, So She Does
A Boston woman was driving along the road with her two children one night when she made a right turn directly onto a railroad track at the direction of her GPS, because you don't argue with your robot overlords when they're commanding you on your minivan journey. When she realized she couldn't steer her car off the tracks, she simply took her children and abandoned the vehicle, which was eventually hit by a train.
Unfortunately, her policy didn't cover "act of God- damn, what the fuck is wrong with you?"
Despite the fact that she had endangered the lives of 70 passengers by leaving a two-ton roadblock in the middle of the tracks, the police decided not to ticket her, perhaps reasoning that she was too stupid to glean any meaningful lesson from the incident.
7 A Couple Gets Stranded for Days on a Back Road
An elderly couple was driving to an RV rally in Oregon when they followed their electronic navigator onto a logging road and got trapped in a thicket of mud and felled trees. They felt that something was amiss, but boldly pushed ahead because of their GPS' continued assurance that it was totally the right way.
They eventually got stuck and had to spend two nights in the wilderness before calling authorities to come get them free.
"Shit like this happens all the time. That's actually why we bought the RV."