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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    Petréa Mitchell, 26 Mar 2009 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Trust

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

    Looking at the photo at the bottom of the article, it appears the fence would have been out of the driver's line of sight until the last moment. If the ground was rising toward the edge of the cliff, it could easily have looked like the path was just disappearing over the top of an innocuous hill. (Of course it would help to see an actual photo of what it looked like from the driver's perspective.)

    If you and other drivers you know are in the habit of stopping every time you approach the crest of a hill or a blind curve, just in case a fence has appeared there, then I will accept my argument has been negated.

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