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Sturmwolke
Posted - 2011.07.14 14:49:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Sturmwolke on 14/07/2011 14:51:20

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/8637450/Sat-nav-loses-more-motorists-than-maps.html

"The motoring group, which has just published its latest atlas, has found that drivers who use a map are less likely to get lost than those who rely on a sat-nav system."


Lol, pretty much mirrored my brief experience back in the US several years back (NeverLost?). It was like driving with blinders on .... or shall we say how women drives, with a severe lack of situational awareness Twisted Evil. Almost blindly following the computer instructions, you (might) get there, but you have no idea how you got there.

Finally got fed up with it, got myself a real map. Knew the roads, knew which turnings, knew how to get back, knew the area, knew what to expect ... all in all, pretty much turned myself into a local.

Lesson : Technology has their uses, but it's no real substitute for a proper map (yet).

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Blacksquirrel
Posted - 2011.07.14 15:27:00 - [2]
 

It's not the tech, but the people behind it...

A map tells you where things are, A GPS (Pinpoints you), but is mostly used as a get me to A - B rather than know your surroundings.

Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2011.07.14 16:08:00 - [3]
 

Edited by: Slade Trillgon on 14/07/2011 16:11:01

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Most people can not be arssed to do anything properly much less find out how to get somewhere properly. Forget about actually learning how to read a map. I believe that the issue with people getting lost, with most navigational units, lies in peoples own complacency about finding out where they are going in the first place. I am also not surprised as many people will go cheep for a navigational unit and those cheap navigational units are lack luster at best YARRRR!!

Personally, for sensitive appointments in my local vicinity, I usually figure out where I am going a few days prior and make a trip to ensure hickups are less likely to occure.

If I am making an extended road trip I can use a map but was given a Magellan for Christmas a few years back which I use for new short cuts. I usually check out the route before the trip on map, print out directions via Mapquest, and take a look at Google Maps for a close up image of the surrounding roads, which really helps with new construction issues.

On foot, I can even navigate via topographical maps and a compass if necessary.


Slade

Guillame Herschel
Gallente
NME1
Posted - 2011.07.14 21:24:00 - [4]
 

Garmin has made taxi drivers and taxi dispatchers stupid.

(call cab company)
Me: Hello, I'd like a pickup at 22nd and Pacific.
Dispatcher: Do you have a street address?
Me: Yeah, 22nd and Pacific.
Dispatcher: I need a street number.
Me: (sigh, glance at street sign) Looks like the 200 block of Pacific.
Dispatcher: Is that 202 Pacific Ave?
Me: (sigh) Yeah I guess so.

(cab arrives)
Driver: Where do you need to go?
Me: <names major landmark>
Driver: Do you have a street address?
Me: You don't know where <major landmark> is?
Driver: GPS can't find it. Do you know the street address?


Sidus Isaacs
Gallente
Posted - 2011.07.15 10:51:00 - [5]
 

Originally by: Sturmwolke


Lesson : Technology has their uses, but it's no real substitute for a proper map (yet).



Yes it is, you just need to use it right, not follow it blindly. Common sense is lost on people these days is the main problem.

Myfanwy Heimdal
Caldari
Posted - 2011.07.15 11:08:00 - [6]
 

Not too far from here is the small Welsh village of Beddgelert where there's a small bridge over the river. There's signs all of the place for lorries not to go down there nor to use SatNav as they invariably get stuck.

Last month, one lorryist in particular, got stuck on the bridge causing no end of damage because his PratNav suggested that it was a shorter route to the North coast rather than going on the main roads.

The next day he did it again.

Last year a lorryist got it wrong carrying a load of Tesco food and got himself stuck in a field in the middle of the Berwyn Mountains due to a PratNav error. When he returned the next day he found that the locals helped him out by reducing his load significantly.

There's no use for them. Use a map and make a mental note of the roads. It's not hard.

Cpt Placeholder
Posted - 2011.07.15 11:22:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Sturmwolke
Lesson : Technology has their uses, but it's no real substitute for a proper map (yet)

Actually it is, as far as functionality is concerned. I haven't come across a navigation system that does not display the map.

Ts'ao Ts'ao
Capsuleer Profit Sharing Enterprise
Posted - 2011.07.15 16:26:00 - [8]
 

The trouble is that people rely on just the sat nav..

What I do is plan the route out and get a rough idea of the direction, place names etc, as well as taking a map..

If you know some of what the journey is, it sometimes pays to ignore the sat nav and go with your instincts

Viktor Fyretracker
Caldari
Emminent Terraforming
O.G.-Alliance
Posted - 2011.07.15 23:01:00 - [9]
 

sat nav is superior to the map for realtime navigation.

but only an idiot would not buy an atlas before taking a road trip. because while the satnav will get you point A to B, when you hit that 10 mile backup the Atlas will let you research side routes without using that tiny ass navigation screen.

best to have both tools in the car. GPS for realtime, Atlas for a reliable constant reference that does not need power and does not talk back.

as for Trucks going where they should not because of GPS, that is their fault because they actually make special GPS units for trucks and busses that warn of weight or height limited routes that a car GPS would never bring up because a car will never meet a height restriction it cannot go under.(unless its using a roof carrier)

Sgt Blade
Caldari
Save Yourself Inc.
Posted - 2011.07.16 14:12:00 - [10]
 

I find that using a map helps me to learn the area, and as a part time delivery driver while not at Uni I more or less know all the roads in the area like the back of my hand. For travelling far on trips, I generally just look at google maps, make a mental note of general landmarks on the way there and I can make it without too much hassle with at most 1 or 2 accidental wrong turns because of not being in the right lane or something.

I have used sat navs once and I find it a pain in the rear end. at only 21 I have managed to make my around places using only a map.

Kalle Demos
Amarr
Helix Protocol
Posted - 2011.07.16 17:58:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Guillame Herschel
Garmin has made taxi drivers and taxi dispatchers stupid.

(call cab company)
Me: Hello, I'd like a pickup at 22nd and Pacific.
Dispatcher: Do you have a street address?
Me: Yeah, 22nd and Pacific.
Dispatcher: I need a street number.
Me: (sigh, glance at street sign) Looks like the 200 block of Pacific.
Dispatcher: Is that 202 Pacific Ave?
Me: (sigh) Yeah I guess so.

(cab arrives)
Driver: Where do you need to go?
Me: <names major landmark>
Driver: Do you have a street address?
Me: You don't know where <major landmark> is?
Driver: GPS can't find it. Do you know the street address?




Reminds me when I went to Canada for the first time, got in a cab and the taxi guy never knew where to go, so I had to look at the map for him and give him directions guiding him based on a address I had.

Even in major cities in UK, cab drivers are stupid and dont know the difference between left and right


 

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