Wary Brits won’t put faith in sat­nav

NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By MARK HINCH­LIFFE

WE’VE all had our frus­tra­tions with sat­nav, but now a study has shown that more than half of Bri­tish mo­torists don’t trust them.

The Man­heim Auc­tions sur­vey found more than one-third of users have got lost us­ing sat­nav, with 15 per cent missing events such as a job in­ter­view, wed­ding or first date.

How­ever, Queens­land model and the voice of many GPS sys­tems, Karen Ja­cob­sen, has sprung to the de­fence of the de­vice which has been named the most im­por­tant mo­tor­ing devel­op­ment of the past decade.

‘‘Well the first thing to re­mem­ber is that in Bri­tain, you must get the post code right or you are go­ing to be in all kinds of trou­ble,’’ she said.

‘‘Like all ma­chines, your GPS is only as good as the in­for­ma­tion you plug into it.’’

Re­cently a fam­ily be­came bogged and stranded for sev­eral days in north­ern NSW when they fol­lowed their GPS up a dirt road, ig­nor­ing road warn­ing signs.

The Bri­tish find­ings also showed sat­nav to be a source of ag­gra­va­tion for many driv­ers with 30 per cent ad­mit­ting it caused ar­gu­ments with fel­low pas­sen­gers.

‘‘It sounds like good news to me that 70 per cent of driv­ers aren’t re­port­ing any ag­gra­va­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘I am con­stantly be­ing told how much peace I bring to re­la­tion­ships be­cause they take out their frus­tra­tions on the GPS in­stead of each other.’’

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