Feeds

Satnav blunders blamed for £200m damages

Driven to despair

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Satnavs caused more than £200m worth of vehicle damage in the last year and with over three quarters of users misled, our digital roadmap advisors are literally driving us up the wall.

Motorists blamed satnavs for £203m of damage over the last 12 months, claims Confused.com, which polled 2,000 drivers.

While 83 per cent reckon they were misled at some stage and 68 per cent said they'd made unnecessary journeys, only half had lost their rag, screaming at their satnavs. How very composed of you all.

The research also shows women are more likely to get angry with their satnav than their male counterparts, with drivers in the East Midlands more prone to tech-rage than anywhere else.

The happiest of the bunch were from Northern Ireland, while Scots were the most likely to be misled.

Dog using a satnav, Mark Robinson

Barking up the wrong beech

We've all heard stories of satnav users driving directly into buildings, but according to Transport Minister Norman Baker, the problem stretches beyond individual incompetence.

"All too often out-of-date directions mean misdirected traffic - a scourge of local communities and an annoyance for drivers," he said.

"That is why I am holding a summit this March to get highway authorities, mapping companies and satnav manufacturers to work more closely together to provide drivers with accurate, up-to-date information." ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
Asteroid's SHOCK DINO MURDER SPREE just bad luck - boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends
Boffins research: Ancient dinos may all have had 'potential' fluff
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.