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App leads cyclist onto the M25 motorway

But the cyclist did the pedalling
Tue Feb 25 2014, 15:30
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A MAP APP is being blamed for taking a cyclist on a trip onto the M25, the busy London Orbital motorway.

The unnamed app sent the cyclist, who also is unnamed, down the motorway during rush hour this morning.

The blighted journey was tweeted by Suffolk Police and played out through its Twitter account and the accounts of other drivers.

The police alerted drivers to the two-wheeled menace this morning, saying that he was pedaling along the hard shoulder between Junctions 11 and 12.

It later revealed that he was stopped at Junction 10 and given a stern telling off and a fine.

According to the Twitter messages, the rider was looking for a new route home from work. It seems that he worked during the night, and might have been rather tired when he turned to his mapping app and sought an alternative route home.

"He was using the map on his phone to find a short cut home!," the police said in one message. "We have him stopped but the officer with him is too busy to tweet it."

The cyclist was fined £50 and removed from the motorway, but we suspect that his journey could have ended much worse.

This is not the first time that people have assumed that the directions they are blithely following are correct, and often people have driven into bodies of water, apparently as instructed by a robotic voice.

Apple Maps, which the firm went so far as to warn people not to use, was given a dressing down in Australia after it developed a habit of getting people lost in the hottest parts of the continent. µ


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