We’re in a golden age of technology in transportation. No longer do we have to rely on the nose of a horse to get us home (I’m not sure if that was even a thing), or use the sun to tell us the direction that we are heading, or even mess around with the contraption that is paper maps. No, it’s a new day. We are blessed with the advent of the ‘Global Positioning System’ also known as GPS, and the beautiful use of that technology embedded in our cell phones and mobile devices.
We’ll never get lost again, all thanks to technology! Or is that actually the case? Well, sometimes, technology isn’t perfect. Sometimes, it’s even downright DISATROUS. Yeah, unfortunately for some people, the computers that are slowly taking over our world lead these people down the wrong path. The very wrong path. These people trusted their GPS more than they should have, and they paid the price.
We understand how hard it can be driving in a foreign country. Obviously, you might not know the language, and of course you don’t know the lay of the land, but there has to be some sort of common sense still inside you. For a group of Tokyo students visiting Australia, when they ignored common sense to follow the counter-intuitive instructions on their GPS , they wound up smack in the middle of Moreton Bay. The tourists were trying to navigate between two islands along a channel route when they got stuck in the water. Fortunately, it was low tide.
What happened? Student Yuzu Noda said the GPS “…told us we could drive down there. It kept saying it would navigate us to a road. We got stuck… There’s lots of mud.” Taking this shortcut definitely a costly mistake: The tourists wound up forking over about $1,500 in extra charges to the car rental company, as outlined in their contract as part of an Idiot Tax.