NPR’s Morning Edition had an interesting story “The GPS: A Fatally Misleading Travel Companion” last week about people getting lost in Death Valley. The park ranger had seen enough people who had gotten lost because of their GPS systems so he did some investigating. It turns out that the GPS systems in remote areas were working off of some old maps and directing people to roads that no longer exists. The good news is that the park ranger has been working with the GPS manufacturers to help them update their maps. But it might be a good idea to double check your route before you head out.
Some related reading:
- It’s Called Death Valley Because Your GPS Could Get You Killed There [GPS] (gizmodo.com)
- Is car gps naviation better than maps (wiki.answers.com)