A study completed by engineers Wen-Chen Lee and Bor-Wen Cheng of the National Yunlin University of Science & Technology in Taiwan showed GPS navigation can save time and gasoline by making unfamiliar trips shorter than those which rely on standard paper maps. By paying 16 drivers to use in-car satellite navigation systems and 16 more to use paper maps to find a set of destinations to which none had ever traveled before, researchers were able to show the GPS assisted journeys to be 7% shorter in urban areas and 2% shorter on rural routes.
Through the use of sensors on each car to log course changes, the study also revealed the use of a GPS may cause you to be a safer driver, by removing the need for sudden lane changes, hesitation, and the general stress of not quite knowing where you are going.
Similarly tagged OmniNerd content:
- MIT creates superhydrophobic coating for condiment bottles , by GreatWhiteDork over 1 year ago
- Rockets and Lock-In, by Jackson almost 3 years ago
- Humans Crash While Robot Vehicle Works, by VnutZ about 3 years ago
- Technology is making National Park Visitors Stupid, by ldsudduth over 3 years ago