Another Driver Chooses To Believe GPS Over The Reality Of A Cliff

from the the-machines-are-taking-over dept

Ah, yet another tale of a British driver turning on his GPS unit and turning off his brain: a guy in Yorkshire left his car teetering over the edge of a cliff after blindly following his GPS down a narrow, steep path. The GPS said it was a road, and the driver seems to have let that override his common sense, as plenty of people are wont to do. Drivers often like to blame the technology for taking them down some treacherous path, but it's not as if the device simply suggested a suboptimal route, or drove the car itself. The infallibility some people see in technology is troubling, since they seem to see things like GPS units as perfectly acceptable replacements for their brains.

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    Ima Fish, 26 Mar 2009 @ 11:32am

    Re: Trust

    "So the problem is to work out at what point to stop trusting your trusted expert and say no"

    I have an easy solution. Look out your windshield. Problem solved.

    "The signifiers for "not really a road" are not as clear."

    How much more clear could a cliff be? I've read stories from the UK about people driving off of bridges that were out and situations where they drove into lakes. A large section of missing bridge is also not a clear signifier?! A lake is also not a clear signifier?!

    Once again, simply looking out that big window in the front of the car would have alleviated those problems. You see a cliff. You stop. You see a portion of the bridge missing You stop. You see a lake. You stop.

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