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Epic GPS fail: driver follows directions over a curb and up the W&OD bike trail. But what app could be to blame?
Local-news site ARLnow.com had a fun scoop yesterday: A Florida driver followed a phone GPS app's directions from Columbia Pike in Arlington onto the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail and drove nearly a mile north before getting arrested. (http://www.arlnow.com/2013/07/11/exclusive-gps-sends-florida-driver-down-wod-trail/)
Driver obliviousness aside--not only is the W&OD barely a car lane wide, you'd have to hop an obvious curb to make this turn--what app could lead somebody astray here?
Apple Maps doesn't even show the trail. Google and MapQuest only route you on it if you request walking or biking directions, and Nokia also ignores it unless you ask for pedestrian routes. Sadly, the Arlington police report says little on this point. Wrote spokesman Dustin Sternbeck: "the officer just noted it was a smartphone."