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OK, we know how useful you're finding your sat/nav system, but please ignore it. That seems to be the message being sent to motorists passing through the village of Exton in Hampshire. Seems the navi tells drivers to take a road that is just 6 feet wide. Not a problem for most, but for drivers of large vehicles, especially trucks (or lorries, as the Brits call them), the result is usually a stuck rig. So the town has put up the country's first signs warning drivers to explicitly ignore their systems.
Poor Beacon Hill Lane has had its fill of flattened bushes and flowerbeds. So the residents pressured the council to do something about it. The council put up the signs last year and the residents have said it has improved the situation markedly. It's scary when obeying technology overrides our common sense, but this seems to be a trend. Cell phones are an obvious target, but GPS has been to blame in France already, and German motorists seem to be particularly adept at driving off piers or into construction sites when prompted by the voice in the box. Let's be careful out there, folks.

[Source: Daily Mail via ARBROATH]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why don't they just widen the road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We've had numerous instances of tractor-trailers coming down our cul-de-sac and getting stuck. They swear up and down the "internet directions" told them to turn on our street. Normally we discuss the proper route after they cause yard damage or hit one of our stone walls.
      suzanne
      • 8 Years Ago
      The man who died this past year in a snow storm out west took a detour reccomended by GPS and couldn,t get through an impassabe road(IT WAS ONLY USABLE IN THE WARM MONTHS)His wife and two daughters survived because they were missed and their route was known.I hope they sue for negligence
      • 8 Years Ago
      The issue I've noticed about some NAV devices is that they do not allow for drivers of, say, commercial vehicles which are restricted on certain local highways, to choose a safe and legal route for themselves. Perhaps this has been addressed in newer NAVs, but I feel that this puts certain people, especially those who don't know the limitations of their vehicles, and who are in an unfamiliar area, in an extremely dangerous situation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Your article made me laugh. I guess if if you can buy a car with GPS, it shows that one cannot buy common sense.
      Tim White
      • 8 Years Ago
      I followed mine once for shortest distance not a good thing. I got back on the highways real quick. Shortest is not always best.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We're currently developing GPS systems for automotive applications. One of our biggest headaches are inaccurate maps. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get corrections to the various mapping companies. Worst still is that they release updates only every six months or longer. Of course, we then stuck with trying to get updates to units that we've already shipped. Very discouraging at the moment.

      -Ron
      What's All This Then
      Warning: Life Under Construction
      Adapt, Adopt And Improve
      jmd668
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a magellan rodemate 360 and have been trying to get,magellan to update the software for a year now. They keep blaming navtec,and navtec keeps blaming magellan and it keeps going around in circles,to no avile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The problem is in the source of the information, authorities should enforce GPS service providers to give the users accurate and safe information.

      After all the driver behind the wheel would follow the instuctions no matter what, trusting that the info is right, this is when common sense should be present, but this is the most uncommon sense of all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why don't "they" just widen the road? They, Sam, are US, and we pay for it. And what of the poor souls whose yards and home are in the way?

      As to Mapquest, their directions to my home should have a guarantee - that the driver will get lost! I use Google, which I've found to be far more accurate and easier to follow, and which has never gotten us lost.
      Gerry Seely
      • 8 Years Ago
      I once followed a map from my laptop's GPS software and wound up trying to cross the Mississippi river on a bridge that the Union Army blew up back during the Civil War. BUT, when I notified the mapping company, their next update solved the problem. You'd think that with Google Earth, it'd be pretty easy to confirm things.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone with any common sense should be able to see that if the GPS tells tyou to make a turn and there is no road there, you don't make the turn. Are the drivers so brain dead that they follow directions blindly. I know mine told me to make a left turn a couple of days ago and I was on a bridge. The GPS is for guidance, but there is no cure for human stupidity.
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