Daily Archives: March 5, 2012

GPS Directs Auto Onto Electrified Rail

Car, stuck on LIRR tracks, catches fire Friday.  Newsday.

Be careful of those GPS instructions.  They are not necessarily designed to give the safest answers.

 A burning Honda Civic on Long Island Rail Road tracks near the Farmingdale station delayed trains Friday night after a female driver turned onto the tracks after her GPS device gave her audio instructions to do so, Nassau County police said. The car got stuck on the track, came into contact with the electrified third rail and caught fire. The woman and her passenger were able to escape the car without injuries. (March 2, 2012)

Technology still has its flaws.  Human judgment sometimes can thwart it.