GPS guided a jeep into the lake and there is no explanation for what went wrong. No one was hurt, but the incident has Waze users questioning its creditability.
Tara Guertin lent her jeep to three visiting friends, who were sightseeing around Burlington, Vermont. The last thing she ever expected was to get a call that her jeep was at the bottom of Lake Champlain.
Her friends were using the Waze app to help navigate around the area. Per directions from the app’s GPS, they turned onto a boat launch near Coast Guard station. It was dark out and foggy out, so it took them a little while to realize what was going on. Before they knew it, the car slid 100 feet onto the lake. The three of them were able to climb out of the car to safety.
Waze is an app owned by Google that pairs GPS directions turn by turn with user reports of accidents, construction, detours, police radars and traffic jams. "Wazers" can report these things via an online map that will then be sent out to other users. It also sends information such as users speed and location back to a database to help improve the app.
Google spokesperson Julie Mossler shared the company was happy everyone was OK, but they do not understand how the car ended up in the lake.
"It's impossible to comment here without seeing the user's driving file and we haven't received permission to do so- generally speaking, Waze maps are updated with millions of edits to adapt to real-time road conditions daily, often making them the most accurate available. Google encourages drivers to keep their eyes on the road and use all environmental information available to them to make the best decisions as they drive." Mossler said to Denver 9NEWS.
Guertin wanted to know if perhaps the directions were a one-time error or fluke with the app, so she followed them two more times. Each time she got the same directions as her friends did.
Waze is an app that drivers use daily to get around. However, it is not always 100 percent accurate. It is important to remember that good old fashion common sense and human direction.