GPS Madness


I love when technology has a fit because it can't handle a given situation. Like this weekend for example.

A good mate of mine from college now works in Galway and it had been many moons since the pair of us last went out for a few drinks and had a bit of craic. So on Saturday morning I packed a light bag and hit the road.

This would be the first trip in about a year that I had made out to him. The last time I drove I had to get a map from google maps and go through a number of little towns along the way. This time I had a new funky phone with GPS built into it and the M6 had been completed and was a straight drive from Dublin to Galway.

Now I have been using Nokia Maps on the 5800 for a while now and have to say I am very impressed with it. I am even considering getting rid of the Garmin TX application entirely it is that good. But about halfway into the trip it started to provide more entertainment than I am sure it was meant to.

See, despite knowing the route myself, I figured I would play it safe and use the GPS as well. Oh the fun we had when, at a certain point on the trip, the lady that gave directions had no idea that the M6 should be there. She wanted me to make left and right turns that did no exist, U-turns in the middle of the motorway and at one point had a full on panic attack because she thought I was at the top of a mountain.

I mean full on, the little arrow was just spinning around and around for twenty minutes while she shouted random commands at me. It wasn't until I got to Galway city itself that she finally found her bearings.

Ah if only GPS could learn new roads as they went, it would save all that hassle. Although the amount of comedy material I should be able to get from this is huge.


Tags: tech

Shortie | Mon, 29 Mar 10 09:55:20 +0100

You packed a light bag? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ;)

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