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13 December 2019

GPS leads elderly couple into the forest for 3 days (GPS FAIL)

car in snow GPS leads elderly couple into the forest for 3 days (GPS FAIL)

Sometimes a good ol’ map, or even echolocation, is better than a GPS navigator. The latter don’t have the benefit of human intuition and/or, um, processing. And therefore can kill you, or close to it.

An elderly Nevada couple trying to navigate their way back home from Oregon learned this the hard way after their GPS navigator sent them 35 miles down a forest service road only to get stuck in 1.5 feet of snow. Apparently this was the shortest route from point A to point B.

Ironically though, the couple, stuck in the snow for 3 days, was able to get a GPS fix on a cellphone after a couple of days which was successfully relayed to a 911 operator. Huh.

(Image credit: andrewbain)

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