Amusing GPS Errors

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The Persian Conversion's Comment
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I was on US-41N, north of Chicago (avoiding the tolls on I-94). As I'm driving, the friendly, helpful GPS voice (or "Gertie the Garmin Lady as I like to call her) tells me to "be in either of the - 2 - right lanes." There are only two lanes mind you. But that's not the best part. As she is saying this, I pass a sign which reads in big bold letters, "TRUCKS USE RIGHT LANE."

Oh Gertie, when will you ever learn?

So anyone else have some mildly amusing anecdotes regarding their GPS devices?

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State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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It sometimes takes a while to update GPS maps on the GPS. Have you ever driven down a highway, and your GPS tells you to take a U-turn or turn left, right, or whatever in order to get you back on the highway that you are currently on?

How about a GPS telling you to turn right onto a dirt road?

Dave

Serah D.'s Comment
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I miss one turn and the one l use in my car becomes very disoriented!

Anchorman's Comment
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I spent the night at the Love's in Hooker, TX. It was new at that time so my Garmin GPS did not recognize the new address. I just set my destination for the city of Hooker. As I was approaching my destination my GPS informed me that I was "arriving at Hooker on the left. I started to get a little excited but then realized it was just the name of the city again.

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Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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"arriving at Hooker on the left. I started to get a little excited but then realized it was just the name of the city again

Anchorman - freakin hilarious....almost choked on my coffee while reading this.

murderspolywog's Comment
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I have a special name for my GPS, it is bit!#ing betty, but she has showed me in the Pacific ocean, close to Hawaii, told me to turn right and go down railroad tracks in twin falls ID. Told me to make a uturn in the middle of the freeway. And do a uturn on a one way street. And to drive down a dirt road next to the freeway. I think my GPS is secretly trying to kill me.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Persian Conversion, this is a fun topic! I thought you might get a kick out of an old conversation we had along similar lines of this one.

I don't use a GPS very often, mostly for when I'm nearing a new receiver that I've never been to before, but back when I was first learning my way to this dedicated customer in Connecticut that I frequently deliver to there were two different exits that I would take which the Zonar system in our trucks would make some unusual assumptions on. One of them had the letter "S" after the number 20 (Exit 20S) and the Zonar would always tell me to take 20 seconds! The other Exit was in New York, and I don't remember the number of the exit, but it had a G, and an A after the exit number, and the Zonar would always say the word "Georgia" after the exit number. It would always startle me, and make me wake up and take notice because I would think "how in the heck did I end up in Georgia? - I'm supposed to be in New York!

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Phox's Comment
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It would always startle me, and make me wake up and take notice because I would think "how in the heck did I end up in Georgia? - I'm supposed to be in New York!

You went south on i-95 not north... oops :P hehe. Some day you'll learn your lefts and rights, ups and down, north and south.

actually that could be a really funny yet horrible mistake to make. I know people who would make the mistake if you let em.

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Hey Persian Conversion, this is a fun topic! I thought you might get a kick out of an old conversation we had along similar lines of this one.

Man, thanks for the link OS, that was a great read! Animal is a talented writer!

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Carl A.'s Comment
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Well its amusing now but wasnt at 2am in the morning when I was going to the Jubitz truck stop in Portland and I took the same exit 4 other trucks did and my GPS,( which was at that time called Yes ma'm) said something to the effect you are on a restricted route no trucks allowed. I knew this was the directions my company gave me but dam my blood pressure went out the window along with some F bombs lol. Come to find out it wasnt updated.

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