Don’t Rely on GPS to Always Pick the Shortcut

Lest we become overly reliant on our GPS system for traveling, a recent news piece should give pause.

A London ambulance crew used their GPS to take a mental patient from one hospital to another. For the trip, which should have been only 10 miles, they scrupulously followed the GPS directions, which took them some 400 miles out of their way. They noticed something wrong when they got to Manchester.

The GPS system in the ambulance has been fixed, so they’ll save gas and time the next time they take the trip. I can just imagine hearing that woman’s voice from the GPS snickering: “No, seriously, take the next right. Would I lie?”