• Mar 25, 2009
Anyone who uses a satnav regularly knows the feeling of looking at the directions being given – or actually trying to follow them – and wondering "WTF?" Try an experiment and plug one of your regular destinations into your satnav and see what it spit out; seven times out of ten you'll wonder "Why would it tell me to go that way?"

A driver in England has once again followed the instructions from his car's GPS system as if he were Abraham heeding instructions from The Almighty. Headed to a friend's house, the driver was told by his GPS to go up a steep walking path, and he did so. Luckily the path was lined by a fence, because when the driver crested a hill, he slid down the path and into the fence, which stopped him from going over a 100-foot cliff.

Fortunately, he was unhurt, although charged with careless driving. Never forget: trust your good sense before you trust your satnav...

[Source: The MIrror]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Stupid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Conner was right, the machines are trying to kill us....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi,Thanks for the information
      • 5 Years Ago
      Satnavs are for pussies.

      Real men use MAPS. On paper.

      True, they do require one to think a bit...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Two dimenstional, foldable, portable navigation system FTW!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Satnavs are great for unexpected detours. Maps are great in magical fairy dust worlds where traffic jams and constructions delays don't exist. Also, I don't need to cart a giant freaking book with me in my car to navigate across multiple states, I just need my gps. Also, it finds me restaurants and other useful diversions. Oh, and it talks to me, so I can keep my eyes on the road instead of on the map that's spread out some place that clearly does not let me keep my eyes on the road.

        But yea, your point was good too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Real men don't need cars. They walk. Barefoot. In the snow. Uphill. Everywhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now see, this is why I prefer to drive a Wrangler everywhere I go. In case something goes wrong, you can always drive a Wrangler into a wall. Hell, it could probably off-road down the cliff, and that's assuming its sat-nav would mess up. In fact, that's assuming Wranglers had satnav.

      Ok, just joking, but seriously, how stupid do you have to be to go up a steep walking path--in a BMW no less? I mean, surely somebody with a little car with no ground clearance would realize taking a dirt road over a paved one wasn't such a bright idea and would second-guess the obviously-questionable advice of the sat-nav... right? No, apparently not. (_ _ )
      • 5 Years Ago
      The part I find interesting is that the article states that he was on his way to his friend's house. Maybe it's just me, but I don't need a GPS to get to any of my friends' houses - even the ones I've never been to before.

      And yeah, when you turn down a rocky footpath in your car, that's an immediate entry into the 'tool of the day' contest.

      Never mind the careless driving charge...this idiot should be made to retake his driving test!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anybody know if this was a built-in BMW nav or a PND a la TomTom? Doesn't say in the article unfortunately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Something about having more money than brains...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Satnav by Skynet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are only as good as the people who uses them. Anyone who goes on a path because the GPS says so, should have their head examined.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I haven't had hardly any issues with satnav systems I've delt with, but you would have to a few bricks short of a load to drive your BMW down a steep walk path following every directive from that screen on your dash.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They must have really bad map data in the rest of the world. The US does have (at least as far as paved roads goes) good map data provided by government services (department of the interior, USGS, state/county/city GiS systems, etc.). However, there are definately roads absent from the maps (GPS or paper) simply because they are new. I have yet to encounter a GPS or paper map that showed a road where there was a trail/building/lake/cliff/nothing there... but if I did I wouldn't "step into the abyss" like a dumbass, I'd keep on driving and let the [smart] GPS [with dumb maps] recalculate new directions.

        There must be some human psychological condition that makes people blindly follow directions... oh yeah, we're raised from birth to obey the authorities or face the consequences. Sometimes there are consequences for obeying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...you would have to a few bricks short of a load to drive your BMW down a steep walk path following every directive from that screen on your dash."

        Well...he is a BMW owner...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah that, or just a regular 525 driver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who's the cartographer putting walking trails and driveways on the UK nav maps?
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