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(Mirror.co.uk)   It's been 10 whole years since in-car satellite navigation systems began directing drivers into ponds or along roads that still haven't been built   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 16
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2014-05-10 01:15:36 PM
www.globalnerdy.com
 
2014-05-10 01:18:52 PM
It's not just the in-car systems that are messed up. I Google-mapped how to get from my place to a store. First move was to turn right coming out of my driveway, drive 50 feet, then pull a U-turn. Uh.. what?
 
2014-05-10 01:29:16 PM

bingethinker: It's not just the in-car systems that are messed up. I Google-mapped how to get from my place to a store. First move was to turn right coming out of my driveway, drive 50 feet, then pull a U-turn. Uh.. what?


Haven't seen it in a while but my favorite was "Turn left", sign above says "No left turns".
 
2014-05-10 01:49:56 PM
try and find a taxi or a delivery company that doesn't have one in the cab.

I remember the era of trying to find some street in some town I didn't know using scrawled down directions from someone and it was rubbish. Today? Enter the post code, press go, start driving and listen to the woman telling me which way to go.
 
2014-05-10 01:57:05 PM
This guy doesn't seem to realize that you don't have to follow the same route the satnav advises you to take.  On all the ones I've tried, if you take a different turn or exit it'll soon recalculate the best route from where you are now.  At no point has one "ceded responsibility to the control of the computer".
 
2014-05-10 02:50:55 PM
RECALCULATING
 
2014-05-10 02:58:58 PM

lemurs: This guy doesn't seem to realize that you don't have to follow the same route the satnav advises you to take.  On all the ones I've tried, if you take a different turn or exit it'll soon recalculate the best route from where you are now.  At no point has one "ceded responsibility to the control of the computer".


Let me sum up the article: "I'm old and cranky and embittered about my mild perceptual handicap. I could take steps involving the excellent Ordinance Survey maps my country produces, a three-hour course in pilotage, and a cheap compass to alleviate my cartophobia, but I prefer to biatch about how I am enslaved to a mass-produced trinket because it gives the illusion of sentience thanks to a schoolmarmish artificial voice."

Twat.
 
2014-05-10 03:35:25 PM
art.penny-arcade.com

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-05-10 04:29:40 PM
It's actually been more than 20 years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGrxur7dMh8

AAA had TravTek in 1992
 
2014-05-10 06:33:57 PM
I dunno, I think the technology is pretty impressive. i mean the whole country, down to every side street. I especially like the "places" app that I use a lot when in a new city. You just type "liquor" and it'll direct you to the closest liquor store. It probably works for other kinds of places too, I assume.
 
2014-05-10 07:14:23 PM

bingethinker: It's not just the in-car systems that are messed up. I Google-mapped how to get from my place to a store. First move was to turn right coming out of my driveway, drive 50 feet, then pull a U-turn. Uh.. what?


I once had a Google mapping tell me to make a right turn off a road onto the crossing road, despite the fact that doing so would mean making a right turn off of an overpass onto the roadway below.
 
2014-05-10 08:31:02 PM

ArcadianRefugee: bingethinker: It's not just the in-car systems that are messed up. I Google-mapped how to get from my place to a store. First move was to turn right coming out of my driveway, drive 50 feet, then pull a U-turn. Uh.. what?

I once had a Google mapping tell me to make a right turn off a road onto the crossing road, despite the fact that doing so would mean making a right turn off of an overpass onto the roadway below.


And you didn't do?  Pfssssh!   pussy...
 
2014-05-10 10:25:09 PM
My first experience with in car navigation was with a rental car while I was a contractor in Boston during the big dig.  While trying to get to clients, I would often just end up going in circles or dead ended in a parking lot because the maps were so long out of date.
 
2014-05-10 11:38:19 PM

eXyRael: ArcadianRefugee: bingethinker: It's not just the in-car systems that are messed up. I Google-mapped how to get from my place to a store. First move was to turn right coming out of my driveway, drive 50 feet, then pull a U-turn. Uh.. what?

I once had a Google mapping tell me to make a right turn off a road onto the crossing road, despite the fact that doing so would mean making a right turn off of an overpass onto the roadway below.

And you didn't do?  Pfssssh!   pussy...


I thought about taking the dirt berm or whatever before the bridge, but then decided against it.

Yeah, I feel kinda wussy for not doing that, no matter how dumb it would have been to do so. Wisdom be damned!

/no, seriously: i considered it
 
2014-05-10 11:39:46 PM

lemurs: This guy doesn't seem to realize that you don't have to follow the same route the satnav advises you to take.  On all the ones I've tried, if you take a different turn or exit it'll soon recalculate the best route from where you are now.  At no point has one "ceded responsibility to the control of the computer".


They can be a little to eager to turn you around to the old route before they look for a totally new route though.

But for me, I always study maps beforehand and when I use a GPS it's mainly there to make sure I don't miss a turn I know I should be doing but am unsure about because of bad signage or would granny drive to make sure I got the right block.
 
2014-05-11 03:44:00 AM

Mugato: I dunno, I think the technology is pretty impressive. i mean the whole country, down to every side street. I especially like the "places" app that I use a lot when in a new city. You just type "liquor" and it'll direct you to the closest liquor store. It probably works for other kinds of places too, I assume.


"Places" apps are really easy to build. You can build them in a few days. Route finding is way more complicated.
 
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