A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Lu Abel
Date: 2010 May 7, 16:24 -0700
GPS provides a latitude and longitude (and altitude), nothing else. Blaming GPS for this group's problems is like blaming the sextant if a navigator can't reduce a sight properly.
Questions that the reporter should have asked before writing his cutsie article:
Did the group understand how to use an in-car navigation system (even such basics as heading-up vs north-up maps)?
The article says they didn't speak English. I'm wondering exactly how they then interacted with the vehicle's navigation system, which I presume was set to speak English (or that close approximation, Australian )
From: Peter Fogg <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, May 7, 2010 12:43:51 PM
Subject: [NavList] GPS no substitute for common sense
[The road from Brisbane to Rockhampton is part of Highway 1 which circumnavigates Australia, following mostly the coast. It ain't the Outback. You don't need a GPS unit or even a map - just follow the highway north from Brissie until you get to Rocky, while following the regular updates on the remaining distance provided by road signs. Having said all that, I'd love a screen this size, but suspect my wife would object. Sigh.]
GPS strands tourists in Queensland
MATT CAMPBELLMay 7, 2010 - 2:43PM
Don't trust your GPS
South Korean tourists trusted their GPS but ended up getting their Ford Falcon bogged in a Queensland forest.
Three South Korean tourists had to be rescued during the early hours of yesterday morning after their GPS system lead them well off the beaten track.
The trio were attempting to make their way from Brisbane to Rockhampton by following the instructions of the satellite navigation system, but ended up trapped when their Ford Falcon got bogged in the Cordalba State Forest, near Childers.
The South Korean men reportedly followed dirt tracks, went through closed gates and ignored some obvious danger signs - such as rocks blocking the road - when their car became stuck in the mud.
The men, who don't speak English, attempted to walk back from where they got bogged, and Bundaberg Police reportedly received a 000 call at about 1am Wednesday morning.
The tourist's car was found by a council worker six hours later.
It's not the first time the Cordalba State Forest has seen lost travellers. Last month some backpackers found themselves in a similar situation.
Childers Police sergeant Geoff Fay reportedly told a Bundaberg newspaper that travellers should make themselves more familiar with their GPS, and not to proceed if something looks incorrect.