Don't Get Lost In Times Of National Crisis
from the navigating-nowhere dept
Now that more and more people are coming to rely on GPS navigation systems (sometimes at their own peril), it sounds like people shouldn’t get to be too reliant on such systems during times of national crisis. The government is looking at how they can shut down the entire GPS system to prevent terrorists from using it, even if it will make your Hertz NeverLost quite lost. This isn’t all that surprising. It is a government system, after all, and they have tested jamming it in the past. However, it’s a worthwhile reminder for all those who are hoping to build increasingly complex systems based on GPS (especially within mobile phones) that the technology might not always be on.