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Sat-Nav left driver on 100ft cliff

One in three drivers get sent the wrong way

Robert Jones was left just yards from the edge of a 100ft cliff after his sat nav insisted a path was a road. He says the device kept insisting the path was a road even at it was getting narrower and steeper, he said he just trusted it and didn’t expect to be taken nearly over a cliff.

Satellite Navigation systems have been a godsend to many UK motorists making days far more productive now that hours aren’t spent lost on B roads trying to follow an atlas. But research has showed that a third of motorists have got lost following satellite navigation.

Tom Tom, a leading manufacturer of sat nav systems in the UK admitted last year that they received on average 100 complaints a week from drivers who had been sent the wrong way by their systems. They are working alongside motorists and independent mapping companies to sort out the issues.

The AA said drivers should use common sense if the roads they have been directed down appear unsuitable for through traffic, what you see through the windscreen must take priority over what it says, if the road doesn’t seem suitable then don’t use it.

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