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article imageGPS fail: Japanese tourists follow course into Australian waters

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 17, 2012 in Technology
A group of three students from Tokyo found themselves taking an unexpected water trip on their vacation in Australia.
The trio was driving to North Stradbroke Island and their GPS took them straight into Moreton Bay.
According to the Brisbane Times, this past week the three tourists had to abandon their car after following the GPS system's directive to drive off the road and into Moreton Bay.
Needless to say, this put a damper on their plans to get to the island.
Seemingly the GPS didn't calculate there was 15km (9 miles) of water to cross before getting to the island, reported ABC News. And the tourists didn't realize they were driving off a road, presumably since it was low tide and the 'road' appeared to be clear.
The driver navigated from a gravel road into mud and drove 500 metres (1640 feet) before the car sunk in up to its axles. Soon the tide began to come in and the trio had to ditch the Hyundai Getz they had been driving before the mishap.
Yuzu Noda, 21, told local media 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."
Local publication The Redland Times reported onlookers on the shore and ferry boats were amused.
The group had to eventually abandon the car due to the incoming tide.
Yuzu and her two traveling companions, Tomonari Saeki, 22, and Keita Osada, 21, didn't make it to the island, and their vacation ended on Sat. when they flew back to Tokyo. Reportedly they'll have to pay $1,500, insurance is said to be covering the rest of the expense.
"We want to come back to Australia again. Everyone is very nice, even today," Yuzu told local media.
GPS gadgets are helpful nowadays for the most part, however, the navigation device is not infallible to error. Sometimes a good old fashioned map might do better. Although, many have found out the hard way sometimes a GPS will not take the most sensible route.
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