Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Dangers of Sat Nav

What I fail to understand is why do people believe a machine rather than their own eyes?

Honestly I really do wonder about the intelligence of some of them.

Of course you could apply this to other things aswell

Why do people believe lies from on high or if in print without ever seeing the person or persons involved and seeing if they are saying however improbably the truth or not.

Idiots of the world untie

A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.

Robert Jones, 43, was driving in "broad daylight" on Sunday morning en route to visit some chums. In the village of Gauxholme, he was directed up a narrow footpath which led to a fence, beyond which were "stunning views across the Pennines".

Jones, likely didn't much enjoy the vistas, however, because he couldn't then reverse the car out, leaving it "hanging off the edge" of the precipice, as one police officer put it.

The AA refused to assist, and so Jones called police. They deployed heavy machinery to extract the motor - a nine-hour process which attracted a crowd of locals. One said: "It's like something from The Italian Job, but what a waste of police time. It's all very well and good trusting your satnav, but how about trusting your eyes?"

Jones explained: "It [the satnav] kept insisting the path was a road, even as it was getting narrower and steeper. I just trusted it. You don't expect to be taken nearly off a cliff.

"I rely on my satnav. I couldn't do without it for my job, and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened. I guess I'm just lucky the car didn't slip all the way over the edge but it's been a bit of a nightmare."

A police spokesman concluded: "Nobody was hurt, but when someone nearly drives off a cliff it shows a lack of care which needs to be investigated." ®

Another copy from the register Full article here

BBC link here with picture


  1. This story made me laugh the bloke must be a complete fool and, as Plod says "but when someone nearly drives off a cliff it shows a lack of care which needs to be investigated."

    I love it when roadworks direct you around the cones to travel on the wrong side of a duel carriageway, poor old sat-nav gets really confused.

  2. Saw that yarn on y'day - maybe he was looking for Cliff Richard!

  3. Clearly the product of a Comprehensive School education, so conditioned to accept direct instructions from any authoritative source that he could do nothing but comply with the disembodied instructions.

    He'll be voting Labour at the next election.