The Inquirer-Home

GPS system steers techie into path of train

Brain the size of a car
Fri Jan 04 2008, 16:48

A BLOKE claimed his GPS system sent him down the train tracks and into the path of an on-coming train.

When his GPS told him to turn right Bo Bai did so. Apparently mistaking the tracks for tarmac.

He had the wherewithal to try to flag down the on-coming commuter train, which ignored him before piling into the vehicle at around 60mph, leaving it in a heap some 200 feet away.

Silicon Valley techie, Bai was driving a rental car in Bedford Hills, New York relying on his GPS system as a guide.

"As the car is driving over the tracks, the GPS system tells him to turn right, and he turns right onto the railroad tracks," Dan Brucker, spokesman for train company Metro-North, told the Lower Hudson Online.

"He tried to stop the train by waving his arms, which apparently was not totally effective in slowing the train."

The company is facing complaints from 10,000 delayed travellers and wants Bai to pay. µ

 

Share this:

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement
Subscribe to INQ newsletters

Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ

Advertisement
INQ Poll

Dead electronic devices to be banned on US-bound flights

Will the new rules banning uncharged devices be effective?