A Swiss van driver and his vehicle had to be rescued by helicopter after his GPS sent him up a remote mountain footpath.
Driver Robert Ziegler, 37, found himself stranded near the peak at Bergun, Switzerland, unable to go forward or turn around to go back the way he came.
Rescue workers scrambled a heavy lifting helicopter to carry the van and its driver to safety after he dialed for help on his mobile phone.
“I was lost and I kept hoping that each little turn would get me back to the main road. In the end it told me to turn around but of course I couldn’t by then,” the driver told police.
A fire brigade spokesman explained: “He claims he didn’t see any footpath signs but he must have been a pretty fair driver to get that far up a glorified goat track.”
6 thoughts on “Mother of all GPS screwups”
Why do people lose all commmon sense the minute they have a GPS directing them? I ran into a guy in my town who followed his GPS off the main road, down a dead end stretch in the dark. He had to sit there until daylight to back out with his trailer, and if you saw the roads in question it was clearly obvious that it was a wrong turn. Kind of like the modern pied piper??
GPS definitely leaves something to be desired. If you load in my address, you will wind up about a mile away.
You know you should never put your own address in your gps. If a thief steals your car, he can use your gps to find your house and the garage door opener to get in.
Except for the crook with Richard’s GPS, who’s a mile away.
I wonder if this sort of thing sometimes happens when drivers accidentally use the walking route mode.
I wonder if the owner of Segway was getting out of the way of this guy? No, that’s right, he was avoiding a walker.
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