Drivers' Submission To GPS Units Prompts 'Ignore Your Nav Unit' Road Signs
from the telling-people-to-not-be-told-what-to-do dept
We’ve written before about cases of people blindly following GPS units’ advice even when they’re pretty clearly wrong — such as people so trusting of their nav units that they ignore signs saying roads are closed due to flooding and try to drive right through. Another problem is that the machines aren’t often discriminating enough, and think that any possible route is a good one, leading to plenty of stuck vehicles and other problems. Now, one village in England has put up the first “ignore your sat nav” road signs after truck drivers kept getting stuck on a road that narrows to just six feet wide. Locals say that about two years ago, the road started getting a lot more traffic — all from truck drivers following directions from their GPS units. It’s a bit hard to put all the blame on the drivers here without knowing more about the area, since presumably this hazard might be a little harder to see coming than a flooded-out road or a 200-mile route for what should be a 10-mile trip. But it does reflect just how much trust and belief people will put in machines like GPS navigation units these days, which can be troubling — and also gives makers of such machines some responsibility to ensure they’re not doling out bad directions, since people will so blindly follow them.