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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    another mike, 27 Mar 2009 @ 3:19pm

    physics vs gadgets

    We've got a spot here where if you follow your GPS, you'll end up off a twenty foot drop into a dry creek bed staring up at the road continuing on the other side. And it's not like a bridge washed out, there never was a bridge there. It's just road up to the edge of the run on both sides and no connection in the middle. It's not even a hundred feet across but they just never put in a bridge. But everyone's e-map says "go straight on" so there's been more than a few search and rescue roll-outs to drag tourists back up onto the road.

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