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2012-07-24 16.01.02-1This just in from the “how the heck is it possible?!” department!

A woman in Europe drove 900 miles the wrong way because her GPS didn’t guide her properly.

Perhaps we’re all a little too dependent on technology, but it’s getting beyond ridiculous when a fairly short drive turns into an inter-country trip and the driver doesn’t get a clue until she starts seeing signs in different languages.

Wow.

Discovery reported that the driver, Sabine Moreau, even stopped twice for gas, slept on the side of the road — and “suffered a minor car accident” along the way. Moreau also told El Mundo that she just wasn’t paying attention:

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.

Read more about the 900-mile GPS mix-up from Yahoo here.

The Toyota Corolla.Credit: Wikipedia.

The Toyota Corolla.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Forbes has a new report out on the 10 most reliable cars.

They note the Tundra was Motor Trend’s ’08 Truck of the Year, and also won J.D. Power’s award for most reliable pickup after three years of ownership. But according to CarMD, it’s in the shop more than most vehicles and the repairs are expensive.

Believe it or not, the same assessment applies to an older Honda Civic.

Given the economy and the overall improved quality of cars in general, buying used is a smart idea, but you still have to do the research and be selective.

But in the end, a used car can be a great value. And moreover, no new car warranties to worry about in terms of adding aftermarket gear from your favorite car security company!

Check out some of the cars that made CarMD’s “Top Ten most reliable” list:

1.  2010 Toyota Corolla

2.  2008 Toyota Yaris

3.  2009 Honda Pilot

4.  2009 Honda Accord

5.  2010 Subaru Forester

See the whole list over at Yahoo and also check out Forbes’ related story: 13 New Cars to Avoid.

The Tesla Model S
Credit: Wikipedia

First the automotive team at Yahoo! selected the Tesla as their car of the year.

And now to legitimize the pick, Motor Trend has also chosen the electric Model S. Keep in mind, the mag ALSO called the pick a “shocking winner!” and also trumpeted it as “proof positive that America can still make (great) things.”

What makes this news eye-opening is that it marks a break in tradition. Never before in the more than 60-year history of the award has a non-combustion engine vehicle taken the honor.

Of course, they DO make a very compelling argument.

Motor Trend called the Model S:

“One of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”

The features, the specs, the stats and the subjective driving experience as well all point to the same conclusion.

We are probably looking at the mainstream of the automotive future here.

That’s riiiiiight — take a good look, because you might just be staring straight into the eyes of the future for cars!

To read full coverage on the Tesla Model S from Motor Trend click the link below:

2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S

Credit: Nokia.com

Very soon, Nokia may NOT be a major phone player, but it looks like the company’s here to stay in the battle over map supremacy.

Everyone agrees that mobile is the future — and a large part of that has to do with map data and location services.

Nokia has signed Oracle to provide exactly that, as it already does for other partners, like Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon. (Not a shabby client list!)

In 2007, Nokia acquired mapping company Navteq to make its own cartography service relevant. The company has fought hard and hasn’t done too shabby — in fact, its service has even been judged solid enough to replace Bing maps in Windows Phone 8.

Given Apple’s recent stumble with its nav app using data from TomTom, Nokia is looking a little less foolish for having missed out on the smartphone market. It may yet win the fight against Google and Apple and re-emerge as a one of the major players among the tech companies.

It may even spur them to create the next great communication device!

Read full coverage on Nokia and the mobile map battle from Gizmodo here:

Could Nokia Win the Map Battle?