[Tagging] Tagging Digest, Vol 110, Issue 70

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 17:55:31 UTC 2018

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 5:25 PM Jack Burke <burkejf3 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Unfortunately, there *are* people out there who seem to blindly follow
> instructions from their GPS navigation system and don't really do much
> in the way of thinking....

This is a point worth remembering.  Every couple of years there's a story
about somebody who
drove his car up a goat track with nowhere to turn around because he
blindly followed his GPS.
Or who drove off a cliff, same reason.

The newspapers usually conclude that this is a fault in the GPS software.
I'd bet that in most
(probably all) cases this is a fault in the operator.  Many in-car GPS
units have three modes of
operation: shortest route, fastest route, and walking route.  Guess which
one of those three leads
to being stuck up a goat track or driving off a cliff.  PEBSWAG (steering
wheel and GPS).

People DO blindly assume the GPS is right.  Even when reality appears to
contradict it.  So it's
a good idea to ensure that the GPS is right.  Especially when lane
reversals are involved.

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