I've had a GPS unit in my car for about three years now and I've noticed a few strange things about it.
Most people have a name for their units depending on the voice they’ve chosen for the unit, mine has the standard female voice that’s one of several that came with it, so I haven't named her; though I'm sure selecting a female name also activates some kind of female gene in the unit, let me explain…
Leaving several hours before sunrise I had to travel 400km on a highway I knew well, then 70km on secondary roads I didn't know at all. From the last well known town I programmed the GPS to take me to where I had to go. Even though I knew there was a secondary highway straight to the town I was traveling, she took me in a zigzag fashion through tertiary country roads including several km of dirt roads. I began to consider the femaleness of her route…
Business over and from my parking spot where she'd led me I asked to go straight back to the same town on the highway. She started by leading me in a completely different direction.
She seemed to be leading me to the direct highway between the towns but had me go straight past it. Over an hour later and having traveled 100km we at last came to our finishing point. From here it was still 400km to home and so it was that we arrived home very tired and well after sundown. . but that’s not what I'm on about here.
Is it not female to lead you 70km to get somewhere and 100km to get back to the same point?
I'm not sure how they did it but Garmin seem to have embodied the very essence of the female spirit into their GPS units, I wonder if that will change if I change it to a male voice?
I have to admit I find it strange and intriguing as well as a little annoying; I wouldn’t mind so much except she keeps bugging me to stop and ask for directions!