The weird thing causing problems for Aussie travellers
Posted on August 05, 2016 by Deirdre Fogarty
Australia is out of sync with the rest of the world, and it’s causing chaos for travellers.
Since 1994, the entire continent has actually moved one-and-a-half metres, according to Reuters.
It might not seem a lot, but it’s having a massive effect on global navigation satellite systems and GPS maps as those systems work off the country's position from 20 years ago.
Now, they can’t pinpoint exactly where we are.
It’s not just smartphones affected either. Those new you-beaut automated cars which are slowly but surely making it onto roads?
Out of sync.
Delivery drones, farmers and meteorologists have also been thrown from the shift - a metre makes that much of a difference.
But there’s more.
Even though scientists are on the job and will have revamped our coordinates by January 2017, they’re overcompensating by another couple of metres so we still won’t sync-up until 2020.
Who knew you could lose an entire continent?