Man Nearly Drives Off a Cliff, Blames GPS
Robert Jones was driving his German built automobile around Todmorden, West Yorkshire, slowly cruising on the wet British roads, his eyes closed and ears wide open. As he was dreaming about the pending middle age crisis (Jones is 43 years old), the recorded voice of the GPS kept telling him what to do: "turn left", "turn right", "next exit in..."
The relationship between the two seemed to have been a very special one until then, as the GPS never left Jones down. But something had changed that day. Somehow, the GPS found out that Jones was secretly dreaming of ILENA, a new BMW contraption that could not only tell him when to turn the wheel, but take control of the car altogether and allow Jones even to take a nap on the back seat or in the trunk, while on route to wherever.
Anyways, the GPS got so mad about it that decided to kill Jones by instructing him to take the Pennine footpath instead of a road, which in turn got him to hit a fence above Gauxholme railway bridge. The BMW was left dangling off the edge of a cliff.
"Officers received a call at 11.18am on Sunday March 22 reporting that a BMW was hanging off the edge of a cliff off Bacup Road," a West Yorkshire Police spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC.
As you might think, Jones will be taken to court "for driving without due care and attention," as the police said. But the question still remains: how much can you trust your GPS?
Don't answer that. The GPS has no part in this. There are two actual questions we should be asking. How dumb can one be to do as he/she is told by a GPS? How good of a liar must one be to make this story stick?
We, of course, blame the driver. Not for trusting the GPS, but for blaming it for his incompetence. And for setting a new trend for automotive incompetents: "wasn' me, was the GPS".