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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    Chronno S. Trigger, 26 Mar 2009 @ 11:02am

    Mapquest

    I'm not comfortable just using the GPS. I prefer to have a copy of the Mapquest directions, and I know that those can be wrong (and have). I don't even think I would fully trust a map to tell me where I'm going. I guess the only way is to look ahead and stop before the road douse.

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