It's not unusual for your GPS to get you lost. Whether it's outdated maps, or a diversion due to road works, that throws you and your gadget off course, it sometimes takes a while to realize you're going the wrong way.
I think the answer to the question is "How many other foreigners without GPS have driven into the lake and drown?" That should show where the blame lies. Heck, how many have driven into the lake and drown ever? I can see people drowning in the lake, but driving into the lake and drowning, that's a different kinda silly.
Planes can pretty much fly themselves these days yet we still use pilots. A car on the other hand is about as sophisticated as a hamster wheel yet people are quite happy to follow their GPS blindly. I think people don't realise that even a brand new GPS units is only as good as its latest map version update.
When there is heavy fog, i slow down to a safe speed in which i can see. This guy on the other hand, was too dependent on the gadget to actually take time to see outside the windshield and slow down. Well at least he saw fishes swimming...
LOL, I saw this on the main page and instantly thought of The Office. It is however sad that in this case the guy drowned. As far as people go by saying how dumb the guy was. Its not like it was mid day, the article states it was at night, the guy was not familiar with the area, etc.
It is the responsibility of the driver to adjust his driving to the environment. If he cannot stop in time to avoid a stationary object, then he was clearly at fault - whether he was driving too fast or was somehow distracted.
Sure, he may have had no reason to assume there was a lake in front of him. Every time I drive, I keep in mind that there may be a vehicle, person, animal, road damage, a snow drift, fallen trees/rocks or some other object in my lane. When it rains or snows, I drive as if the road is slippery. When it's dark, foggy or snowing/raining hard enough to effect visibility, I drive only as fast as I can see.
Regardless of whether the GPS is found to be liable, above all else, it is the responsibility of the driver to drive safely.
@Jane: I tend to like your articles, but I pray that you don't have a driver's license.