They'll take you off-roading
During a vacation in northern Wisconsin, Hill Wright turned to "Jack"
for directions. "Jack" is the name given to the disembodied voice of his satellite navigation device by the GPS maker. "Jack" sent Wright off the highway and onto a paved road. The road turned first into gravel and then into a dirt trail littered with boulders and covered with overhanging branches. Wright, 48, says he dutifully followed the directions, which turned into a three-hour detour. "When people buy these things,"
he says, "they think they are all-knowing boxes."
They'll drive you off a cliff
Norman Sussman recently queried his GPS for an alternate route home after hitting traffic outside Santa Fe, N.M. Following the machine's directions, he veered up a winding mountain road, expecting to rejoin the interstate. After a half-hour of hairpin turns, Sussman stepped on the brakes: The road ended at a guardrail and a 200-foot cliff. "It looked like a small version of the Grand Canyon," he says.
They'll take you the wrong way
In Dyke, Va., Stone Mountain Vineyards says it has had so many complaints from visitors who have been led astray by high-tech directions that it recently added a note to its Web site: "Warning: Please follow the driving directions on the Web page. If you use GPS, or services such as MapQuest or Google maps, they WILL send you the wrong way!"
They'll take you where it's unsafe
The North Yorkshire County Council in England has put up signs at the entrance to a gravel track declaring it "unsuitable for motor vehicles" after navigation systems had sent drivers on it as a shortcut between two valleys. The rough road quickly turns stony with steep drops in some places, and locals have had to help cars turn around.
They'll make you forget the 'good ole days'
Nick Champion was following directions from "Jill," the voice of his car's GPS device, to a seminar in Long Beach, Calif., when he wound up on a park road that was blocked off by a gate. He backed up and made a
U-turn, and then Jill said she was "recalculating" and directed him back to the park road. He finally shut off the device and went to a nearby gas station to ask directions.
Wall Street Journal