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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    Jonathan26, 14 Feb 2008 @ 4:25pm

    Professional Truckers

    For years, trucking companies have relied on services like Rand-Mcnally, PC Miler and ProMiles to provide truck-specific routing. These services all took into account clearance and weight issues as well as practicality (interstate versus 2 lane routes). The internet came along and offered FREE routing (google, mapquest, etc.) and now inexpensive GPS units draw on those same low-cost map databases. You get what you pay for.

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