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BMW Driver Follows Sat-nav Off A Cliff (nearly)

Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:51 am

A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/25/satnav_mishap/



What an idiot. How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:53 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
What an idiot. How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?

He works for AIG.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:53 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?

Probably mooching off his parents....or talking on the cellphone without paying any attention to where he is going. Probably going to be this yrs Darwin award runner up.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:39 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
What an idiot. How did this guy have enough brains to have a job that pays well enough to drive a BMW 5-series?

I guarantee you a lawsuit after BMW will soon follow.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:22 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.

Must be the iDrive.  duck 
 
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:14 am



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/03/25/satnav_mishap/

Where might
In the village of Gauxholme, he was directed up a narrow footpath which led to a fence, beyond which were "stunning views across the Pennines". be???
 
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:20 am



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 1):
He works for AIG.

 rotfl 

This reminded me of a stand up routine from British comic Andy Parsons - ' A sat nav is a gadget and if you ask it to take you to Paris it assumes that you have the intelligence that you require a ferry when you arrive at the coast to cross the channel'
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:44 am

Quoting Phoenix9 (Reply 2):
Probably going to be this yrs Darwin award runner up.

I believe you have to actually kill yourself or do something that would make you not able to reproduce to make the Darwin awards, although they may do honorable mentions.

[Edited 2009-03-26 03:50:31]
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:51 am

I saw it on our local news last night. Why do people not use their eyes before listening to a little plastic box! It's beyond belief.

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Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:58 am

Hahaha...

What i dont understand is he was visiting his friends, surely he must have known where he was going.
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:23 am



Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 9):
What i dont understand is he was visiting his friends, surely he must have known where he was going.

Maybe they just moved and he was visiting for the first time?

Anyway, typical BMW driver!
 
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:09 pm

I hate to say it, but this is typical of most Sat-nav users. I've lost count of the number of times that I have been cut up at a very busy local island and more often than not you notice that distinctive blue glow of the sat-nav.

Drivers seem to forget that essential routine when driving and just assume that all around them realize that they as the driver of the car has been ordered and must obey, to make the turn.

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Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:12 pm

I think you'd need to see pictures of what's behind the car before you judge; it could be that there's a paved road running beside the wall and that he got stuck attempting to turn around at the end - that's the first thought which occurs to me.

A few years ago a lorry did something similar here in Devon, only it couldn't turn around at the end and had driven so far up a tiny 'unclassified' road that it had to be dismantled to get it back out again. That was caused by poor map reading though.


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Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:35 pm

A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Must be nicked !!  duck 
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:14 pm



Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 13):
A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Coming from Doncaster would explain his lack of familiarity with the physics of cliffs.

Is Gauxholme a village name or the name of a lock?

Was he trying to take a bath?

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/374443

However, it does not look very like the pic in the thread starter.
 
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:16 pm



Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 13):
A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Must be nicked !!

That's what I was thinking at first but looking at it, it's just a base SE model with nasty 16" wheels. Not worth a great deal these days if it was say a 2003 model. Still, beats a Touareg.  duck 
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:26 pm



Quoting MWHCVT (Reply 11):
this is typical of most Sat-nav users. I've lost count of the number of times that I have been cut up at a very busy local island and more often than not you notice that distinctive blue glow of the sat-nav.

I'm not sure I see the connection between getting "cut up" and Sat-nav. People without Sat-nav have done the same to me many times... unless Micras and Corsas, etc, had Sat-nav ten years ago. I'd also add that "most Sat-nav users" I know do not drive like that.
 
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Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:28 pm



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 15):
That's what I was thinking at first but looking at it, it's just a base SE model with nasty 16" wheels. Not worth a great deal these days if it was say a 2003 model.

Heck, some people can’t afford a 10-yo VW Polo... a first-MY 5-series with the least interesting gadgets still isn’t cheap.

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Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:32 pm



Quoting Aero145 (Reply 17):
a first-MY 5-series with the least interesting gadgets still isn’t cheap.

They are! Take a look on Autotrader, 2004 E60's going for under £8000 and if you go to auction, they go even cheaper.
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RE: BMW Driver Follows Sat-nav Off A Cliff (nearly)

Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:13 pm



Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 13):
A Donny man driving a BMW...?

Must be nicked !!   

Amen to that, most likely by somebody from Rotherham who nicked it and had to use the Sat Nav as their get away driver!
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RE: BMW Driver Follows Sat-nav Off A Cliff (nearly)

Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:50 am



Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 10):
Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 9):
What i dont understand is he was visiting his friends, surely he must have known where he was going.

Maybe they just moved and he was visiting for the first time?

Anyway, typical BMW driver!

Yes...thanks!!

As soon as i posted i thought of that! Was hoping no one would pull me up on it!  Smile
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RE: BMW Driver Follows Sat-nav Off A Cliff (nearly)

Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:40 am



Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 12):
I think you'd need to see pictures of what's behind the car before you judge; it could be that there's a paved road running beside the wall and that he got stuck attempting to turn around at the end - that's the first thought which occurs to me.

This reminds me of a joke:

Whats the difference between a BMW and a porcupine?
A porcupine has the pricks on the outside.
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RE: BMW Driver Follows Sat-nav Off A Cliff (nearly)

Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:57 am

I read about a German driver whom drove into a river due to error in the sat-nav, they had marked it as a bridge, but it was a ferry to cross the river... Smile
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RE: BMW Driver Follows Sat-nav Off A Cliff (nearly)

Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:24 am

There have been a number of horror stories as to mis-use of Sat-nav's from people running into trains, into rivers, trucks (lorries) and busses too tall for a low bridge or too heavy for one weight limited, and so on. They are a tool, they are programed and used by humans with their flaws, and to be carefully used, not be a slave to.
That this incident occured involving a BMW suggests that many buy them for show rather than their performance abilities.

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