Sat nav vs common sense: too reliant on technology these days?

25 March 2009

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/483/45599796cliff2261996376.jpgTechnology makes people lazy. But does it make people stupid as well? That is the question.

Take this 43 year old man from South Yorkshire who appeared to follow his sat nav directly towards the edge of a cliff and actually not stop until his car hit a fence, leaving his car hanging off the edge of the cliff:

Robert Jones continued to follow the instructions when they told him the narrow, steep path he was driving on in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, was a road.

Mr Jones, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, only stopped when his BMW hit a fence above Gauxholme railway bridge on Sunday morning.

Mr Jones was subsequently arrested and summoned to Court for driving without due care and attention. Maybe he should also be sent for an eye exam.

I understand that the GPS is not always accurate, and at times a pain in the ass to use, especially when an annoying voice keeps telling you to make turns usually at the wrong times. But have we reached a point now in time where we are so reliant on technology that we really believe everything we're told instead of going with our common sense?

[BBC]

13 comments

  • Yas88
    total idiot
  • Noghar
    Wasn't there a German couple who drove off a slipway because the satnav told them there was a ferry? And that was when the things first came out...
  • blackgerbil1
    your alot of things Yas, but an idiot you is not
  • blackgerbil1
    actaully well mabye sometimes you can be one. I retract my last statement above ^
  • zeddy
    He should have also been summoned to Court for being a knobhead.
  • Fucking M.
    At what point did he think he was on the right track. Should be banned from going out of the house by himself let alone driving. Tosser.
  • Lovely M.
    F'ing Moron; u seem a tad bit stressed dear.....think u should avoid roads too....and the outside world
  • Fucking M.
    I am frustrated that people like that are allowed on the road! Have you seen the picture, and he hit a fence before he stopped. I use Sat Nav but take the directions with a pinch of salf and use my common sense. He should not be allowed to drive without serious re-training.
  • David P.
    I hate it when my satnav tells me to go down a one-way street the wrong way. Fortunately you can change the one-way systems quite easily on TomToms...
  • Mucky B.
    Since these sat navs appeared driving skill seems to have taken a turn for the worse, there's so many twats behind the wheel pre-occupied with their bloody TomToms that they haven't a fucking clue what they're doing. I see it every day; 65mph in the middle lane, random use of indicators, terrible road postioning.... Cnuts the lot of 'em.
  • Fred E.
    Ha ha this is pretty funny but I do have a bit of symapthy for the bloke. I've been offroading recently in my transit van because of my satnav and I'm not an idiot, or inexperienced but sometimes you just misjudge. The 'road' I went down started off as a narrow tarmac track, no signs saying private or unsuitable etc, but quickly became a rocky, muddy squelch. The thing is this road was so narrow and slippy that it was easier to keep going forwards than try and reverse for a mile, it took 20 mins to do about another 2 miles and I came out in a clearing with more tracks leading off it - so I had to go off roading for another mile. I reckon that's what happened to this bloke, he made a wrong turn couldn't get back so just kept going; if you're a proper bloke it's what you do.
  • -=Mike H.
    ^^ Really? If you were a 'real bloke' the instant reaction is... "Shit, I don't think this is the right way, as I am now driving in mud and not Tarmacadam which usually surfaces the roads, I think I will either, 1. reverse, 2. turn round if able to" NOT FUCKING CARRY ON FOR ANOTHER COUPLE OF MILES!
  • Fred E.
    Girl

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