GPS Error: 900 Miles Instead of 90 Miles


| January 15, 2013 - 1:25 am

It’s not often that you take a GPS error 900 miles past your destination. A woman in Belgium left her house to pick up a friend at a train station 90 miles away, but thanks to a GPS error, 900 miles later she still had not reached her destination.

The 67-year-old woman was apparently relying a little too heavily on her GPS. Instead of ending up in Brussels, a GPS error led 900 miles to Croatia instead. The woman claims that, despite seeing road signs change from French to German to Croatian, and despite stopping twice for gas and once to sleep at the side of the road, she still relied on her GPS to find the station.

She told El Mundo, “I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realized I wasn’t in Belgium anymore.”

That’s some GPS error: 900 miles is a long way to go on a mistake. But is a GPS error for 900 miles as bad as it gets? Seeing different languages on signs, sleeping, refueling, even apparently getting in a traffic accident means “GPS error: 900 miles” was a nightmare for this poor woman.