[LINK] Family rescued after GPS blunder
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Aug 3 15:15:04 AEST 2010
>On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 at 01:21:35PM +1000, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> > They say the GPS instructed the driver to travel along a closed road
>> > near Wilcannia, and the driver ignored the road closure signs.
At 14:50 +1000 3/8/10, Craig Sanders wrote:
>this is the crucial point. it proves beyond any doubt that it is
>the fault of the GPS unit and its manufacturer.
Craig's sarcasm is well-justified.
But unfortunately there's a pattern of human behaviour here, i.e.
these nonsenses will keep recurring, because people are like that.
I get very strange looks from people when I explain why I'm not
interested in having a satnav, nor even a GPS-enabled handheld at
I have a half a clue when I'm driving and when I'm walking. And I
want to keep it that way.
It's not easy to remain switched-on to the real world around you when
you submit to the authority of a machine that claims to be always
right - and whose errors you have difficulty picking, and even
greater difficulty proving to be errors.
I get more than enough positive feedback for my heretical views.
For example, various GPS-based devices give different readings for
the same location. And friends were recently unimpressed with
Angelika's instructions to take the second exit from a roundabout to
get onto the Autostrada, when the correct instruction would have been
the *third* exit. When combined with a second error (which was part
GPS, part mediocre road-signage), that cost them 90km and over an
hour. But because she got them back on the right road (eventually),
they continue to trust her ...
Roger Clarke http://www.rogerclarke.com/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 2 6288 1472, and 6288 6916
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Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
Visiting Professor in Computer Science Australian National University
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