Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Barkerville -Trusting Google Maps causes near tragedy


For several years we have been trying to get Google maps to correct an error that shows a shortcut from Purden Lake on Highway 16 to Barkerville.  We receive no response.  Now the route has resulted in a near tragedy.


Similarly the directions function of Google shows that it takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to drive from Quesnel to Barkerville. In fact the 80 km takes 1 hour. These are dangerous errors that need to be corrected.

Check out this story from Opinion 250.


Trusting GPS Got Man into Off Road Trouble

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 11:05 AM

Wells, B.C.- The use of a GPS could have turned into tragedy for an Edmonton man.
 
A 45 year old Edmonton man was heading to the Lowhee Campground near Wells last Friday when he checked his GPS and discovered an alternate route to the campground.
 
He turned off highway 16 on to Purden Lake road, a poorly maintained logging road.
 
Early Friday evening his 2010 Hyundai Sante Fe high centred and he was stuck in an area where there is no cell phone service. He slept in his vehicle, and was able to work the vehicle free on Saturday morning. In an effort to turn around and head back to the highway, the vehicle once again got stuck. He spent the next 24 hours hauling gravel from a nearby river to try and give his wheels some traction.
 
He was getting nowhere, and started building an SOS sign with hopes if there was a search underway for him he could be spotted.
 
After two nights in his vehicle, stranded and without food, he was located by a local hunting guide who was checking on remote hunting cabins. The man was reunited with his family Sunday night.
 
RCMP are reminding travellers not to rely solely on a GPS unit and computer generated map programs. While alternate routes may seem enticing because they appear to be shorter, too often the suggested routes are on roads that are not well maintained or are not recommended for vehicle traffic. The routes are often remote and outside of cell phone service areas.
 
RCMP recommend travellers advise family or friends of their intended travel routes and anticipated arrival times, and that they use a highway map and stick to major routes and highways which are open to all types of vehicles.

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