Waze directs tourists to drive into Vermont lake

Occurred: January 2018

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Google-owned navigation app Waze directed a group of tourists in their borrowed Jeep Compass to drive into an icy lake in Vermont, USA.

According to the police report, the driver 'followed the GPS directions, which advised to go straight, and upon following this he went down the boat ramp onto the ice.' The officer who wrote the report said he believed the driver 'was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident.'

Google said it was unable to explain how Waze directed the driver into the lake. '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', a spokesperson told the Burlington Free Press.


Operator: Waze users
Developer: Alphabet/Google/Waze
Country: USA
Sector: Travel/hospitality
Purpose: Direct drivers
Technology: Machine learning
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Governance