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Uber Driver Blames GPS for Impromptu Stairs Incident

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This past Monday in San Francisco, an Uber driver had an exhilarating adventure that made headlines. The GPS on his Uber map instructed him to steer down a flight of stairs. Thankfully no one was hurt.

Apparently, the driver (who insisted on being identified as “Fred”) made a wrong turn outside a Safeway store when he was traveling down Market Street. He stated that he’s been driving with Uber less than a year.

The story continues to take a turn for the worse (no pun intended) when a tow truck unsuccessfully hooked up to the car and attempted to rescue it from its awkward position parked on the stairs. The cable snapped, causing the car to propel into a trash can, then a fire hydrant.


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Uber is investigating the incident, especially since the same GPS-inspired mishap happened a few years ago back in 2014, when a Vina Cab driver turned down that same set of stairs.

Though the rideshare company is currently slogging through the aftermath of the fatal self-driving Uber vehicle crash, it might also want to initiate a side project of putting its drivers through a basic GPS/navigation training system.

It might also want to consider using non-Uber navigation apps which tend to be more accurate. Waze, Navmii, and Google Maps are just three of the effective apps that users recommend.

In the meantime, here’s a video that the company should consider including in its GPS/navigation training program if it implements one.


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News Sources: New York Post, Alvia

  • Phil Johnson

    So his eyes were on the GPS the whole time and not on the road?