The bus driver relied on his GPS gadget. Sad story, but apparently we’ve had too many trusting drivers. Check out these articles from www.engadget.com —> Apparently, in the UK, the government has noted 2,000 incidents of bridge damages due to Sat Navigation GPS gadgets resulting to over 5,000 hours of delays. Thankfully, it’s not from the satellites falling from the sky, but rather from over drivers relying a little too heavily on GPS units (in particular those driving trucks too large for the bridges. (article here).
UK has taken this seriously that in some areas they have begun posting road signs to IGNORE what your Sat Nav gadgets tell you and just look at the physical road. (article here). One would see the gravity of this warning if like the bigger picture above, you actually are driving say a team of soccer players to the game. That is a catastrophe.
My take is yeah, sure, keep your GPS gadgets handy. But keep your eyes trained to watch the actual physical road ahead of you. For safety, sanity…
For the GPS manufacturers, how about a 30-50 foot sensor feature that alarms one from any incoming danger, traffic, or road obstacle? I’m sure technology won’t be far behind, and you’d be saving millions of lives.