Westminster Positioning Systems

SallyB2
By SallyB2 Last edited 109 months ago
Westminster Positioning Systems

0701.sms.jpg Westminster Council doesn’t half like its gizmos. Last year we reported on the advent of SatLav, an SMS service wherein your text of ‘toilet’ to 80097 got you a list of your nearest Westminster based conveniences. Using G-Pee-S technology, of course. Now the resourceful burghers are branching out and offering similar services for the nearest car parks, libraries and youth clubs (although we don’t actually think that there are many teens who would knowingly seek out such institutions). So far so waste-of-taxpayers’-money.

But the real worry behind this development, and indeed the silly signalling story upon which we reported earlier on today, is the fact that we are becoming utterly incapable of finding anything without help from via above. Call us old-fashioned, but we do rather lament the fact that maps are going out of fashion, and that asking for directions has become such an unthinkable course of action. Modern London life really needs to be fitted with brakes and a manual override button.

Mobile from Matthew Gidley via the Londonist flickr pool.

Last Updated 07 January 2009

cobo04

It used to be, if you are lost, ask a policeman. Now even this is taboo (never speak to strangers has taken over).

I have a GPS in the car, it doesn't get used, I have the wife and a map book - so get directed by PatNav !!