Why the machines haven't won yet
The computer-generated woman's voice coming out of the instrument panel kept commanding Callner to "continue to follow the road," though he had his qualms when he had to start dodging large rocks as the road surface deteriorated.He was finally stranded when one of his tires blew out, and was lucky that he was not caught in a flash flood (common in the desert in August). According to the driver, the Mercedes roadside service staff were less than helpful:
[. . .] an agent at Mercedes tele-aid center told Callner after they were stranded for a few hours that nobody was on the way. When Callner asked why, the agent reportedly said, "Because, sir, nobody wants to die out there with you tonight."According to the article, a number of the navigational systems in fancy cars have known software bugs (even though that was not apparently the problem in this case). The bottom line: there still is no substitute for a current paper map and a large dose of common sense.
(And for the love of Pete, don't drive into the desert unless you have a 4-wheel drive truck, supplies, know the current weather conditions, have an idea of where the * you're going and a map.)
Tags: Mercedes, navigational system, maps