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Further Concerns About GPS Safety

Article by: rob brady
Date: 8 Aug 2011

The Australian Daily Telegraph has reported a police study that found satnav use has led to a surge in road accidents.

News South Wales Police traffic chief John Hartley was quoted as saying "Drivers should not rely solely on GPS devices to reach their destination. "In recent times, we have seen crashes and near misses involving drivers who rely only on the information provided by their GPS device. Instead of concentrating on driving, motorists are getting distracted and disoriented by tracking streets on their GPS devices".

Many argue that looking at a satnav while driving is no more dangerous than regularly checking your speed limit or concentrating on the myriad road signs on a journey, but many accidents are blamed on drivers inputting destination information on the move - a whole different area of danger.

Are we heading down the slippery slope to the day when, like mobile phone use in many countries, operating a satnav will be banned in all moving vehicles? Some factory installed satnavs already block manual operation while driving, but with voice recognition expected to become more reliable over the years, technology just might come to the rescue.

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