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GPS good for a laugh, but please don't take it seriously when it really matters

December 14, 2012
GPS good for a laugh, but please don't take it  seriously when it really matters

This GPS has been stolen from the GoSee Retro Toyota Sahara tow tug by a particularly thoughtful thief who picked through the camping kit and also hand-picked the first aid kit and a 4.6m ratchet tie down, but did no further damage. GoSee hopes they and theirs try and use the GPS. It has been a big source of amusement to GoSee since we first bought it from Aldi.

We have been to places via routes we never dreamed of. In the country it boomerangs back to Level 1 (highways) so real touring requires a great deal of local waypoint knowhow to go where you want to. In the more populated areas not so bad but depend on a fresh approach to getting there. Generally it will always be the longest level 1 road route.

So the message is never ever trust a GPS when it really matters. Good maps and local knowledge beat idiot technology every time. Mildura police have a case or sixin point for general education when it comes to the mess a GPS can get you into.

Police News reports concerns as Apple i-phone iOS 6 system is misleading travellers to remote Victorian Mallee hotspots.

Local police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple i-phone.

Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, about 70km away from the actual location of Mildura, Police News says.

A police spokesman told GoSee today that on November 24th a woman had to walk a fair distance to use her mobile phone to call for help after her vehicle became bogged. About 10km into the park mobile phone signal is lost.

There have been six motorist involved in incidents so far police said. There have been high temperatures in the area.

Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.

People don't seem to read maps anymore, police said.

Police have asked Apple to resolve the iOS 6 issues.

Editors note: GoSee has concerns about anyone who found themselves hung out to dry by any GPS system in these circumstances. The Murray Sunset NP in Victorias far northwest corner is relatively untouched semi-arid and a potential hotbox in summer.

A GPS should not be relied on nor a mobile phone, both are only as good as their batteries and programming.

They are only touring aids and should be treated as such. In remote areas take a belt and bracers approach. Have quality maps.

Weather warnings are relayed by Parks Victoria Information Officers call13 1963.

Aphone call is all it takes to be fully informed: Mildura 03 5051.4315. Little Desert 03 5389.0200. Big Desert 03.5083.2201.

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