Why do we follow digital maps into dodgy places? Something is happening to us. Anyone who has driven a car through an unfamiliar place can attest to how easy it is to let GPS do all the work. We have come to depend on GPS, a technology that, in theory, makes it impossible to get lost. Not only are we still getting lost, we may actually be losing a part of ourselves. Source: Death by GPS | Ars Technica
As usual, aviation is way “ahead.” Use of automated navigation reduces pilots’ navigation skills; automated flight reduces hand-flying skills. Commercial aviation is starting to grapple with this, but there is no easy solution.
My heart jumped into my throat, when GPS-driving near the outskirts of Las Vegas and the GPS went blank, then displayed the message: “You are out of range of the GPS.” Quick like a bunny, I turned around and went back to the “safe zone” in which the GPS functioned. I don’t even have a paper map any more.