GPS: Friend or Foe?
Mon, Apr 18th, 2011
Rants and Raves,
GPS. In the limo industry, it’s been an invaluable tool to assist our drivers on getting from Point A to Point B.
In the last several years, it’s gone main stream. Everyone from Grandma to the neighbor down the street has one. For some, GPS has been nothing short of a godsend: no need to ask for directions, just give them an address and they’ll be there! GPS is built for convenience, yet some have become so dependent upon it, that they get lost in their own neighborhoods without it! Tell me you’ve never gotten a phone call like this from one such of your friends or family members:
(frantic voice on the other end): “I don’t know where I am!”
You: “What? Who IS this?!”
“It’s (insert family or friend’s name here)! I need help I don’t know where I am!”
You: “What are you talking about? Where are you? Are you in your car?”
You: “Well then what do you mean you don’t know where you are?”
Pause. Then in a panicky voice (for which you are sure they are about to tell you they’ve been kidnapped and hogtied to their own hood) they say, “MY GPS IS BROKEN!”
Here is another variation of this conversation that has risen in popularity over the last couple of years: the person you know calls because their GPS has led them astray. It mistakes the address they put in, or it’s a new address, etc-take your pick…the person then calls you to let you know that they are lost because their GPS took them somewhere other than the correct destination (nine times out of ten the operator will never admit fault. In reality maybe, just maybe the GPS took them exactly where they told it, but maybe they put in the address incorrectly? Nonsense! No, it’s absolutely the fault of the GPS!)
And then there’s the positive stories: you need to get somewhere fast, so you tell your GPS where you want to go and the type of route you need to take (i.e. least amount of traffic, fastest route, etc). Then, BOOM! You have a step by step guide to take you directly to your destination. If you change course, so does your guide. Bonus: your guide does not have any type of emotional reaction with regards to the way you drive.
So, what do you think? Has GPS had a positive, negative, or neutral impact on your life? What has been your best or worst experience? Be sure and take our GPS poll, and tell us your best/worst GPS experience in the comments section!
If you want to cut out your personal experience with GPS entirely, why not have us drive you to your next destination? Whether your preference is a limo, town car, SUV, HUMMER, or party bus, Limo.com is your one-stop shop.
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