Apple Maps directed vehicle to cross airport runway

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  • To be honest, why the hell doesn't Alaska have those gated off and protected to these genius people get onto the runway? And wouldn't common sense tell you "hey that's a runway". Alaskans suck!

    They are officially the dumbest state in the union, just based off this story alone, we should sell em to Russia.
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  • Throwdown wrote:To be honest, why the hell doesn't Alaska have those gated off and protected to these genius people get onto the runway? And wouldn't common sense tell you "hey that's a runway". Alaskans suck!

    They are officially the dumbest state in the union, just based off this story alone, we should sell em to Russia.


    They weren't Alaskans, they were tourists. Alaskans wouldn't need an Iphone to navigate Fairbanks :lol:

    If tourists spent as much time reading the mile or so of street signs warning them they weren't supposed to be there, as they do their IPhone these things wouldn't happen.....but they do bring in some nice KaChing, so we gotta keep up the facade of loving tourists
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  • As stated already, I find the more worrying thing is people's increased dependence and utter faith in technology.

    We hired a car with a GPS for our stay in Seattle recently. Typed in directions to Mt. Rainier. It gave us directions to Mount Rainier, Maryland. 2,307 miles away.

    Luckily my school days geography skills raised a minor alarm.
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  • Fairbanks is one of the simplest airports to find and navigate especially if you read the signs, the parking lot is directly across the street from the terminal, it takes 3 minutes to find your rental car unless they are buried in snow, then you just push the remote and see which one lights up :D
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  • saw this on my facebook feed as a bash on iphones but really, its a bash on the ignorance of people. they had these problems with standalone GPS units, not just iphones.
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  • The airport in Anchorage has a couple nearby streets which intersect a small aircraft runway. As I recall, they just use a blinking yellow light to caution drivers of possible aircraft crossing.
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  • SmokinHawk wrote:The airport in Anchorage has a couple nearby streets which intersect a small aircraft runway. As I recall, they just use a blinking yellow light to caution drivers of possible aircraft crossing.


    Yes, that is a taxiway crossing the road though, where in Fairbanks, the app was actually diverting people off the road and into a restricted area with tons of signage that people should have been reading and not going past, but there are some very poor drivers out there who make some really poor choices. I don't blame Apple as much as I do the drivers. Apple obviously should fix the situation since they've been notified by the state of the issue, but people really need to be aware of their surroundings when driving. What your eyes see is more important than what any gps or phone app can tell you.
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  • And here I thought GPS was so I could drive to my destinations while watching The Sopranos. Damnit!
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  • RolandDeschain wrote:And here I thought GPS was so I could drive to my destinations while watching The Sopranos. Damnit!


    Go for it. You might just end up sleeping with the fishes :lol:
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  • kidhawk wrote:
    RolandDeschain wrote:And here I thought GPS was so I could drive to my destinations while watching The Sopranos. Damnit!


    Go for it. You might just end up sleeping with the fishes :lol:


    In all seriousness, I hope the government starts requiring self-driving cars in the future once they're widely available. No traffic anywhere would be sweet.
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