Britain introduces first official road signs to warn drivers about the dangers of trusting their satellite navigation devices



Britain introduces first official road signs to warn drivers about the dangers of trusting their satellite navigation devices
In an article published today on Reuters by Andrew Hough, Britain has introduced in a Welsh village the first official road signs to warn drivers about the dangers of trusting their satellite navigation devices (satnavs).

The four signs have been introduced around one particular black spot in the village, where the electronic devices direct truck drivers to a short cut between the main M4 motorway and Cardiff airport.

The road is far too narrow for many to travel down, causing them to get stuck and sparking major traffic problems.

More than a dozen large lorries had become stuck in the road in the past six months, according to traffic engineer Mark Simpson who came up with the idea for the signs.

If successful, officials plan a national roll-out of the signs to combat what is seen as a growing problem for frustrated motorists, with recent figures showing that more than four million of Britain's 32 million drivers rely on satnavs.


Tuesday, September 4th 2007
Alexandre Saltiel


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