What is lost when millions rely on GPS

More than just navigation skills are at risk when we let satellites take over how we find our way

It has become the most natural thing to do: Get in the car, type a destination into a smartphone, and let an algorithm using Global Positioning System (GPS) data show the way.

Personal GPS-equipped devices entered the mass market in only the past 15 or so years, but hundreds of millions of people now rarely travel without them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2019, with the headline 'What is lost when millions rely on GPS'. Print Edition | Subscribe