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Topic Title: "The Knowledge" has now been replaced by SatNavs
Topic Summary: Uber and London Taxi Drivers
Created On: 03 July 2014 01:14 PM
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 03 July 2014 01:14 PM
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BrianAnalogue

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Unfortunately for London taxi drivers, "The Knowledge" - that wonderful head full of London streets - has now been superseded by SatNavs, and the venerable taxi meter has been replaced by an up-front charge - much better for customers surely?

Cabbies have had a good run for their money - now its time for something appropriate to the 21st century.

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BrianAnalogue
 03 July 2014 01:36 PM
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ectophile

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A satnav may tell you the shortest route from A to B, but will it know the quickest one?

What if it's 3 o'clock on a Friday afternoon, there's a bunch of protesters marching up Oxford Street, and the Vauxhall Bridge is closed by an accident?

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S P Barker BSc PhD MIET
 03 July 2014 02:38 PM
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BrianAnalogue

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Go up a quiet road, or down to the next bridge along, and in the meantime the satnav will recalulate the route.

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 18 July 2014 08:00 PM
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RAMSELLP

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I heard somewhere that there is a thing at the base of your skull called a Hypo-campus which gives you your sense of direction. But if this isn't regularly used it loses it's ability to function ie one becomes too reliant on GPS.
I usually find myself arguing with my satnav for trying to make me do a U-turn on a dual carriageway or similar.
Now don't get me wrong, I think GPS is a wonderful device...sometimes

Paul
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