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GPS Misadventure

May 4th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Sometimes, technology misfires. Like, when Atanu and I were on our way from our Jersey City hotel to JFK airport. In the era of GPS devices for navigation, we stop thinking about the big picture and the full path to the destination. So, as we made our way out of Mantattan, we did not think twice when the GPS device recommended an exit off the freeway. We assumed it was to get on to another freeway to the airport.

Imagine our surprise then as we were sent through the streets of Brooklyn and Jamaica and about a 100-odd traffic lights en route to the airport. Maybe the GPS was set up to take the shortest route in terms of distance. Driving through and stopping at what seemed an interminable stream of traffic lights almost gave us the jitters. Luckily, we had plenty of time for our flight, but nevertheless…!

A good idea would to always check the entire GPS route before one starts the journey. And as a backup, keep the Google Maps handy – on phone or in writing.

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  • 1 Robin // May 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Well GPS provides you with multiple options in the settings. 1st one is the ‘Shortest’ route and the 2nd one is the ‘Fastest’ route. The fastest route is not necessarily the shortest one (which people often mis-understand). The fastest route ensures that you face minimum traffic lights and take roads with high speed limits. The manufacturer default is usually the ‘fastest’ route. May be in this case the setting was changed to ‘shortest’ route.

  • 2 Agen Domino // Oct 7, 2017 at 4:36 am

    manufacturer

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