If you’re reading this blog you probably have an interest in the world of motoring and commercial vehicles and today a “Satnav Summit” is taking place in order to come to a solution regarding the misery that thousands of satellite navigation users face each and every day when they’re directed off track by out of date, or just simply wrong, directions.
I myself am a regular satnav user and I sympathise with all those who have been misled over the years. My satnav regularly attempts to take me down roads that do not exist which can be an incredibly frustrating ordeal, particularly when driving somewhere I’ve never been before.
The summit is taking place today at the Department for Transport and it involves the highway authorities, mapping providers and satnav manufacturers. The summit is also being chaired by the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transportation (ADEPT) and ITS (UK) which promotes intelligent transport technology.
It has been revealed that the summit will look to incorporate local conditions and whether it will be possible to unlock local authority information on parking availability and possible roadwork’s being carried out. By directing traffic away from roadworks a lot of time can be saved for motorists which can only be a good thing, especially if you’re on your way to work, or to an important job as a commercial vehicle driver.
It is no surprise that many accidents have been caused by misguided directions from satnav’s. Hopefully, with the improvements that should come out of today’s summit, less people will have to claim on their commercial vehicle insurance in the future as a direct result of frustration caused by satnavs or wrong directions issued by satnavs.
Transport Minister Explains Further Plans
Furthermore, Norman Baker, the Local Transport Minister, has been explaining: “Out of date directions mean misdirected traffic – a scourge of local communities. I am pleased that highway authorities, mapping companies and satnav manufacturers have agreed to work more closely to provide drivers with accurate, up-to-date information on traffic restrictions such as narrow roads or low bridges.”
He also added: “This is timely because from next month we are allowing local authorities to reclassify roads – ensuring A roads are placed where they want traffic to run and lowering the category of road in places they want traffic to avoid – rather than having to come to Whitehall for approval. These powers will help councils make sure that drivers are using suitable routes.”
Have you ever had a satnav related mishap? Or been led up the wrong street by it?