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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    ryan ease, 14 Feb 2008 @ 3:25pm

    most bridges probably don't even show up on a gps

    because in my area, the only water crossing it knows about are major rivers. Smaller rivers (say less than 70' across) usually aren't on the map, so to the gps, it's just a road.

    Obviously with developing GIS technologies, you're gps is going to know everything, be in 3d, able to determine the type of vehicle by accelerometers, and be constantly updated through a the internet connection that is going to be built into every vehicle.

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