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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    John Biggs, 26 Mar 2009 @ 11:09am

    I have seen times I would do this

    First, I live in the states, but I also lived in north yorkshire for several years. The roads over there are much smaller so this could be more believable.

    Hoever I have been in situations following GPS or even directions from google that say to turn down a certain road. When I get there the road is barely a road at all, though it is marked. I decided not to turn down it. Maybe it was the right way one time, but it looked like it was doom now.

    Honestly I'd hold the county responsible for leaving a road headed for a cliff without a bunch of warning signs.

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