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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    Just Me, 9 Jan 2008 @ 5:42am


    I don't think it's so much a case of a device (any device) turning people into simpletons as it is a case of people being more than willing to let something else do the thinking for them.
    We see this all the time in politics, religion and even workplaces - get something/someone thinking for people and they'll follow it like the good little sheep that they are.

    The only reason this is any different is because the effect is a lot more apparent and the blame shifting is becoming rather ridiculous.

    A GPS device will only make a simpleton of a person who allows it to.
    People need to start accepting responsibility for their own actions; GPS told you to drive into a house - still your fault, got drunk and ran someone down driving home - still your fault, broke and hungry so you decide to knock off a liquor store and end up shooting the clerk - still your fault.

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