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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    PaulT (profile), 26 Mar 2009 @ 11:23am

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    Generally speaking, roads in the US and other large/relatively new countries are usually quite straight and most towns are designed around a lattice of cross-sectioning roads.

    This isn't the case in the UK, whose roads both inside and outside of urban areas usually follow ancient tracks. So, there's a lot more places to get lost, a lot more blind corners, maze-like one way systems, etc. In other words, it's the most likely place for both GPS systems to get confused and for English language press to report incidents...

    Of course, anyone who believes a GPS unit over and above what they see in front of their own eyes deserves whatever they get.

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