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Satnav leads car into lake

A driver blindly following GPS has driven an SUV with two passengers into an icy lake in the US state of Vermont.

A police report states that, on 12 January, the driver of a Jeep Compass 'followed the GPS directions, which advised to go straight, and upon following this he went down the boat ramp onto the ice.' The vehicle initially slid, but the ice on the surface of Lake Champlain quickly cracked and the Jeep sank. It seems that the 3 men onboard escaped unharmed. The reports adds that 'there was a heavy rain and slight fog in the area.'

The vehicle owner, who had lent the Jeep to the tourists, explained that the driver was using the Waze app, which uses GPS to give turn-by-turn directions, as well as employing crowd-sourced information to show where accidents, detours or other traffic issues might be encountered. The owner later tried the Waze app, entered the same information and reports that the directions were exactly the same - leading anyone following them right into the lake.

Google, which acquired Waze from the Israeli firm that developed it, is reported not to be able to explain the anomaly - but a spokeswoman added that Google encourages drivers 'to keep their eyes on the road and use all environmental information available to them to make the best decisions as they drive.'

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  • 27 January 2018
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