Saying Bad GPS Directions = 'Killing Children' Seems A Bit Extreme

from the don't-you-think? dept

Everyone knows that GPS devices have varying degrees of quality when it comes to providing routing directions. Generally speaking, none are great, especially when it comes to local roads. Some are better than others, but it generally depends on the location. Still, it seems a bit extreme to dub GPS devices with poor navigation skills as "child killers." However, that appears to be what some researchers have done in a report on GPS driving systems as tested in the Netherlands. Apparently, most of the navigation systems don't recognize that certain residential areas are really designed for local access only, rather than having cars travel through them. So they send people through those roads, where pedestrians have the right of way. From that, the researchers take the leap (and it's a big one) to calling them "kid killers." It's one way to get attention for your research, but not exactly the best way to get yourself taken seriously.

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    Lohocla, 9 Jan 2008 @ 5:27am

    Kinda makes sense

    Considering that there are many instances of drivers being turned into simpletons by their GPS's, it's not too much of a leap to assume the worst if they get led into a residential area. Someone in my area last year drove his car into someones living room because his GPS told him to turn left and he did. Blamed the GPS too which is sad.

    It's scary how the "information age" is destroying the concept of common sense and personal responsibility.

    Loh


    Loh

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