Misled by GPS, Careless Drivers Reveal Dangers of Over-Reliance...

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A spate of traffic reports, derailed trains and befuddled vacationers warns that however authoritative the automated voice of a car's GPS device may sound, it is no replacement for the voice of human reason.
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1 - 9 of 9 Comments Last updated Jan 13, 2013
Sam

New York, NY

#1 Jul 30, 2009
Yikes. And this is why technology scares me.We're brainwashed. We forget to trust our gut.

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#2 Jul 31, 2009
I never go anywhere without my GPS and my celfone. They can be a REAL lifesaver.
Janet

Portland, OR

#3 Jul 31, 2009
GPS and Google maps have led me astray too many times to count. I'm smarter on my own with a map.
Kevin

Bernardsville, NJ

#4 Jul 31, 2009
I have had this happen to me, albeit to a much lesser extent. My friend was driving me to pick up my car, and we were given hand written directions on how to get there. At the same time, we were using my friends GPS. We basically ended up in a situation where the GPS was telling us to go one way and the directions another :/ We decided to go with humans over machines (I've seen Terminator 3, I know what happens when you trust machines...) and the hand written directions turned out to be the correct ones. Thank god too, we were in a very bad area of Newark :/

Since: Jul 09

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Jul 31, 2009
Not sure how it is that someone could drive in the wrong direction for 1600 miles. I think some people would like to shut their brains off and let technology manage their lives. Technology is great, but it requires adult supervision. It can't be mindlessly trusted.

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#6 Jul 31, 2009
If you KNOW how to use a GPS unit correctly, then it will almost certainly NOT lead you astray.

First of all, look at your destination on a map and look up it's GPS coordinates. You do not need to have a GPS system tell you turn-by-turn how to get to a destination if you know the GPS coordinates.

If you know that a particular destination is northwest of you, and you are driving into the sun in the morning, commonsense tells you you are headed in the wrong direction.

If you use the sun, moon and stars to navigate, just to give you a general sense of direction, you're not going to go wrong, unless you are completely clueless.

Knowing and understanding the phases of the moon and the location of the bright planets such as Venus and Jupiter, will give you a basic sense of direction when travelling.

There is NO reason to get lost if you KNOW how to use a gps system correctly, and have a basic understanding of celestial navigation.
Susan

New Brunswick, NJ

#7 Aug 1, 2009
This reminds me of an episode of The Office, where Michael's GPS tells him to make a righthand turn, and he drives into a lake. I think the GPS can be incredibly confusing. Just like how it's nearly impossible to remember a phone number now that we've got cell phones, people can't remember how to get from point A to point B without their GPS.

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#8 Aug 1, 2009
Susan wrote:
This reminds me of an episode of The Office, where Michael's GPS tells him to make a righthand turn, and he drives into a lake. I think the GPS can be incredibly confusing. Just like how it's nearly impossible to remember a phone number now that we've got cell phones, people can't remember how to get from point A to point B without their GPS.
What you say about the phone numbers is correct. Years before I even had a celfone, i had a programmable phone/answering machine. I programmed my parents, and siblings phone numbers into it and always used speed dial. Then when I was at the mall one day and wanted to cal my sister, I could not do so because I had no idea what the number was.

As far as the GPS goes, read my post above. Learn how to navigate by the sun, moon and stars, so at least you will have a general sense of direction.
Adrian Gigi

Amersfoort, Netherlands

#9 Jan 13, 2013
Here is a funny gps-related incident i just discovered.
http://www.foxcrawl.com/2013/01/13/belgian-wo...

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