GPS is killing children
Report highlights rat-run fear
A new report from the Dutch research organisation Stichting Onderzoek Navigatiesystemen seeks to compare different satellite navigation systems, and finds that only one allows for proper route planning while labelling the rest "kid killers".
Nav4All was the only product of the 13 examined in the report that was able to plot routes making appropriate use of ring roads and thoroughfares whilst avoiding residential areas. All the competing systems found the shortest route, regardless of the local environments through which it passed.
The tests were done in the Netherlands where many residential areas give pedestrians right of way over the whole road, expecting cars to be used for access only, though driving through such areas is not illegal.
It should come as no surprise that the only product which passed the tot-squasher test is also Dutch; the (currently) free product Nav4All.
Stichting Onderzoek Navigatiesystemen maintains they have no connection with Nav4All, despite their report so firmly endorsing the product. They are an independent research group made up of concerned Dutch citizens who fund the work from their own pockets.
Certainly the growth of satellite navigation technology has turned residential streets in cities around the world into rat runs, though the petrolheads would argue that this is simply more efficient use of the deployed tarmac. Traffic-calming measures, such as chicanes and squeeze-points, can slow down traffic, though to some of course they just present more of a challenge. ®
I find it incredible how many people actually think kids should be sort of banned from the streets, or at least their mobility strictly restricted. How can they ever get to know the world if they can't go out on their own?
Just stop and think a minute about your own youth. What did you do when you were a kid? Spend all afternoons and weekends playing 'Pong'?
The 240 applies to public highways using a 10 year old jap'; the tracks are a different story: I'll do whatever the car allows me to do with it.
I do not worry about the assault either. After all, the witnesses told this: we saw a men speeding, ignoring red light, braking very heavily and in that process he must have both wrecked his car and himself. Slight little detail that the wrecking happened later than the crash :-) I actually got an applaude for the civilian arrest I made.
Doctor Livingstone I presume?
Why so many explorers? I know many people, even adults, find it entertaining to play with games, but why do it while driving? I really don't beleive that there are so many people who are actually lost or don't know where they are going. That would be pathetic. In your own area, you know all the roads, how the trafic goes, what lane to be in when, and so on. If you have any need for Sat-Nav you must be a tourist. That's OK, but if you are just playing games and pretending to be lost, then Sat-Nav isn't the kind of reality check you need.