Death by GPS

Why do we follow digital maps into dodgy places?


‘ “Death by GPS.” It describes what happens when your GPS fails you, not by being wrong, exactly, but often by being too right. It does such a good job of computing the most direct route from Point A to Point B that it takes you down roads which barely exist, or were used at one time and abandoned, or are not suitable for your car, or which require all kinds of local knowledge that would make you aware that making that turn is bad news…’

Source: Ars Technica

My wife and I experienced a lesser version of this just last weekend in the wilds of central Massachusetts. We were navigating scenic back roads by GPS, as is our wont, when we came over a rise to see our road peter out into a grassy meadow. A sign said: “Private Property. Your GPS Is Wrong.”