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2012-04-23 04:48:26 PM
Heh. It's not a totally unreasonable idea in general, though; my father is still driving himself short distances, and has asked me for a GPS, but I've been having trouble finding one that's simple enough for him to operate. (he needs large onscreen buttons, for one.) A granny unit seems like just the thing.
 
2012-04-23 05:53:52 PM
That's nice. Distractions for older drivers. Hopefully more of them will feel empowered to get out on the road now.
 
2012-04-23 05:53:57 PM
Geriatric Positioning Service?

Does it only show locations of Farmer's Markets?
 
2012-04-23 05:54:15 PM
Studies have shown that avoiding cross traffic turns can improve fuel economy and reduce driving time and increase safety, which is why UPS has its poop suit trucks do exactly that.
 
2012-04-23 05:54:54 PM

wantingout: Geriatric Positioning Service?

Does it only show locations of Farmer's Markets?


Done in three
/Beat me to it
 
2012-04-23 05:55:38 PM

wantingout: Does it only show locations of Farmer's Markets?


Glad I'm not the only one to think about that.
 
2012-04-23 05:56:04 PM
Thanks, I was looking for that bookstore on Air Street. There it is.

/ Orlando has some weird off-ramps.
 
2012-04-23 05:57:35 PM
So how does this work? "Turn left .3 miles ahead. Approximate time until turn: 4 hours"
 
2012-04-23 05:58:52 PM
[voice] now, turn right - that mulatto couple doesn't live there anymore, so it will be okay..
 
2012-04-23 05:58:54 PM
This is a very, very, very, very bad idea. Extremely bad.
Viewing the road in the space between the steering wheel and dashboard bad.
Ohio-plate RV in the fast lane going uphill on the interstate in Arizona bad.
Prescription-ground windshield bad.
Car size and mass proportional to driver's age bad.
Crown Vic vs. the farmer's market bad.

/Yank their licenses.
//We need to restore the public transportation system.
 
2012-04-23 05:59:24 PM
I have a better idea

Step 1: Put out an old people GPS
Step 2: Revoke drivers licenses for anyone who needs to use this
Step 3: Make the roads safer for everyone
 
2012-04-23 05:59:36 PM
Interesting article on avoiding cross traffic turns.
 
2012-04-23 05:59:54 PM

wantingout: Geriatric Positioning Service?

Does it only show locations of Farmer's Markets?


Not only Farmer's Markets, but it shows the locations of buffet restaurants, pharmacies, and social security offices (or what ever Britain's equivalent is).
 
2012-04-23 06:00:03 PM
It's just my humble opinion, but I'm of the belief that if you're old enough to be frightened and confused by right turns, YOU'RE TOO FARKING OLD TO DRIVE!!!!

But that's fine, what they really need is an electronic device that they don't understand and don't know how to use distracting them on the streets. That'll work wonders.
 
2012-04-23 06:00:46 PM
HTML fail.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2011/01/life-without-left-tur n s/
 
2012-04-23 06:01:04 PM
"Some try to use routes where they only make left turns because a right turn means negotiating oncoming traffic and they don't have the confidence. The result is that people stop driving before they really need to."

Nope. If you can't do that, you need to stop driving.
 
2012-04-23 06:01:10 PM
If you can't negotiate a simple right hand turn (especially on UK roads where it's easier than other countries) then you shouldn't be driving. Extending the run time on these old codger's terrible driving does not sound like a great idea to me.
 
2012-04-23 06:01:16 PM

wantingout: Geriatric Positioning Service?

Does it only show locations of Farmer's Markets?


That and Country Kitchen Buffets.
 
2012-04-23 06:01:28 PM
What, nobody else noticed that people in England are apparently too stupid to notice that you cross oncoming traffic when you're making a LEFT turn, not a right?
 
2012-04-23 06:01:50 PM
At the next intersection, turn left onto Jackson Street. The street was named after Bennington Jackson, a local hero of sorts. Used to be able to drink a gallon of paint with no ill effects. He was elected mayor in 1935, and had a chicken as his running mate. We all thought it was a good joke and Benny was a honest man, so he was elected with most of the town voting for him. In fact, the only one that didn't vote for him was Jim Torton, who was running against him. Ole' Jim was a but of an ornery cuss, never much liked Benny for some reason.

Anyways, you should have turned right 3 miles ago.
 
2012-04-23 06:02:49 PM
Dag nabbit, Whatthefark!

/tiny fist, etc.
 
2012-04-23 06:05:18 PM
I'd turn left all day long to get to Page 3 !
www.page3.com
 
2012-04-23 06:07:40 PM
Oh I get it, they drive on the left side of the street so left hand turns don't cross traffic. Except NASCAR turns right most of the time and is an entirely US thing where we drive on the right side of the street. So I don't get it. Here subby have a gonad. Stupid subby.
 
2012-04-23 06:08:01 PM
I've seen young people who can't use a GPS properly. I on the other hand love my Google Navigation. By the time I'm too old to trust GPS anymore, Google will have invented self driving cars.
 
2012-04-23 06:09:57 PM
based on personal experience i call bullshiat. i'm on my third GPS and i find them a major PITA to use, hard to understand and difficult to see. when i go on trips requiring use of a GPS i get lost almost every time. the only time the GPS works out for me is if i have a co-pilot along for the trip.

as for getting dangerous seniors off the road: way overdue. and if your government gave a damn about your safety they would create jobs for unemployed folks to transport seniors around. the baby boomer stockpile just tipped what, a year ago? america is going to have a crapload more old folks with every passing month. there is huge potential for employment there as more and more of the population will require help and assistance in their later years.
 
2012-04-23 06:10:12 PM

thesubliminalman: Oh I get it, they drive on the left side of the street so left hand turns don't cross traffic. Except NASCAR turns right most of the time and is an entirely US thing where we drive on the right side of the street. So I don't get it. Here subby have a gonad. Stupid subby.


0/10. No, 1.5/10 Shoud get some [facepalm.jpg] nibbles.
 
2012-04-23 06:10:16 PM
The "granny nav" also avoids tricky junctions, busy roads and jams.
Scientists are working on the idea after winning a
£12million Government grant to explore ways of using technology to help older people.

Please tell me this isn't the only way they're spending the £12million. It sounds like something that a small group of decent programmers could create an algorithm for in, oh, say a couple of months.
 
2012-04-23 06:12:17 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: thesubliminalman: Oh I get it, they drive on the left side of the street so left hand turns don't cross traffic. Except NASCAR turns right most of the time and is an entirely US thing where we drive on the right side of the street. So I don't get it. Here subby have a gonad. Stupid subby.

0/10. No, 1.5/10 Should get some [facepalm.jpg] nibbles.


*pops "l" key and cleans it*
 
2012-04-23 06:21:36 PM
Betting will now open on the date of death of the first old couple to die because they get caught in a perpetual loop of left turns.

Other bets:

* First person to take a left into a shopping mall parking lot and to stay there until they run out of gas.
* First person to take a left into the next lane, ending up backwards in front of a semi-trailer rig.
 
2012-04-23 06:24:30 PM
Computer software should not be allowed to mess around in the real world. It's not ready yet.
 
2012-04-23 06:29:10 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: What, nobody else noticed that people in England are apparently too stupid to notice that you cross oncoming traffic when you're making a LEFT turn, not a right?


But, your crazy. England drives on the left side of the road. So, making a right turn there crosses traffic. A left turn there is like a right turn here. I imagine there is a similar version that focuses on right turns for us in the US.
 
2012-04-23 06:29:23 PM
Uhh, NASCAR drivers turn left.
 
2012-04-23 06:41:55 PM
And it is "GPS", not "Satnav". We created it, we get to name it.
 
2012-04-23 06:46:27 PM

brantgoose: Computer software should not be allowed to mess around in the real world. It's not ready yet.


Well, it seems to work for the most part and people can adjust to their quirkiness of weird directions or bad routes in their hometowns. Not that I trust old people to be able to figure that out.

And just to repeat, if you are too uncomfortable with making turns in front of traffic there is no way you should be driving. Especially dark twisting English roads in the boonies. It's for the greater good.

/never used a satnav
//would really want one for road trips
///hate being lost in a strange town
 
2012-04-23 06:49:20 PM
why do old people need gps? they just go to same damn stores they're been going to for 40 years.

and no cross turns would really take a bite out of my time and gas.

i can get to kroger in 2 miles with just right turns, but to get home it would be EIGHT miles.
 
2012-04-23 06:50:39 PM
There's a certain wisdom to driving a route that makes NO left turns in Raleigh NC. Even if you double or triple your distance by going right you'll still make better time.
 
2012-04-23 06:57:23 PM
UPS drivers are guided to make mostly righthand turns by their handheld thingie and it has worked well for roughly 10 years, imagine if it made the delivery trucks mostly turn left.
 
2012-04-23 07:01:16 PM
GPS for NASCAR drivers? I hope Junior doesn't get this one:

3.bp.blogspot.com

"Turn right...NOW"!
 
2012-04-23 07:03:13 PM
Will it tell Richard to mind the bicyclist?
 
2012-04-23 07:03:42 PM
This is great news.
 
2012-04-23 07:14:25 PM

dstanley: Will it tell Richard to mind the bicyclist?


You are showing your age.
www.mcseavey.org
 
2012-04-23 07:17:59 PM

dstanley: Will it tell Richard to mind the bicyclist?


I thought you might be referencing this Monty Python episode, but that driver's name was Reginald.
 
2012-04-23 07:19:00 PM

cig-mkr: dstanley: Will it tell Richard to mind the bicyclist?

You are showing your age.
[www.mcseavey.org image 400x306]


Covered already, I see.
 
2012-04-23 08:10:39 PM

GleeUnit: It's just my humble opinion, but I'm of the belief that if you're old enough to be frightened and confused by right turns, YOU'RE TOO FARKING OLD TO DRIVE!!!!


Not to disagree with your basic point, but you did realize that in the UK, they drive on the wrong side of the road? So a left turn would not be across oncoming traffic.

Also, they speak English funny over there.
 
2012-04-23 08:56:53 PM
My idea: GPS and invisible rumble strips, splendid!

/a relaxed driver is gona survive the acccident./
// Rumble strips makes the driver all tense and everything, problem solved!
///I think like this all the time
 
2012-04-23 09:07:57 PM

cig-mkr: dstanley: Will it tell Richard to mind the bicyclist?

You are showing your age.
[www.mcseavey.org image 400x306]


My lawn looks like the one at Sandringham House.
 
2012-04-23 11:07:36 PM
I have one thing in common with the ederly, I don't trust their sight or judgment either.
 
2012-04-23 11:21:08 PM

dstanley: cig-mkr: dstanley: Will it tell Richard to mind the bicyclist?

You are showing your age.
[www.mcseavey.org image 400x306]

My lawn looks like the one at Sandringham House.


Drive a Mercedes and have room for a pony?
 
2012-04-24 05:04:41 AM

12349876: why do old people need gps? they just go to same damn stores they're been going to for 40 years.

and no cross turns would really take a bite out of my time and gas.

i can get to kroger in 2 miles with just right turns, but to get home it would be EIGHT miles.


I drove my mom to my cousins house in another city on Christmas. She was barnfoggled at how my phone knew where Carrie lived when I had never been there. She started ranting about how technology was stealing our souls. I thought for a second she was going to have me burned for witchcraft.

/then she forgot what she was talking about and started going on about wanting cousins for my sisters kids.
//rather be burned at the stake.
 
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