GPS Devices Damaging Thousands Of Bridges?

from the ignore-your-navigation-system dept

In the past, we've seen stories of GPS navigation devices not knowing enough about local roads that the directions were often inappropriate for the type of vehicle -- especially trucks. It had resulted in signs being placed on roads, begging drivers to ignore their own navigation devices. Engadget now points us to a report from the UK suggesting that bad directions from navigation devices was responsible for damage to about 2,000 bridges. That seems like quite a lot. The claim is that the devices direct trucks who are much too heavy to go over bridges not designed for that kind of load. Work is now being done to get the navigation companies to at least understand the types of roads and bridges, and how that corresponds to different types of vehicles.

Filed Under: bridges, gps, navigation, uk


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    PaulT (profile), 14 Feb 2008 @ 12:36pm

    Re: Has this data ever been available?

    The difference is that drivers didn't have the same tendency to turn off all rational thought when using paper. Before GPS, they still thought they had to look for the road signs telling them of important information e.g. weight and height limits on bridges. Now, they just ignore them in favour of the omnipotent GPS.

    Are people really that dumb? If fear the answer is yes.

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