UK loses its way as dangerously dependent on GPS

A report from the Royal Academy of Engineering has stated that the UK is "dangerously dependent" on GPS satellite navigation.

And although for many GPS systems are mostly familiar on the dashboards of their cars in the form of a satnav, the failure of GPS technology in rail and shipping could apparently also have serious consequences.

According to the report, the issue is with inadequate backup systems for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and also its vulnerability from interference from jamming equipment, or natural phenomena such as solar flares.

Dr Martyn Thomas, chairman of the Academy's GNSS working group, said: "GPS and other GNSS are so useful and so cheap to build into equipment that we have become almost blindly reliant on the data they give us.

"What we're saying is that there is a growing interdependence between systems that people think are backing each other up. And it might well be that if a number these systems fail simultaneously, it will cause commercial damage or just conceivably loss of life. This is wholly avoidable."

The report has subsequently issued 10 recommendations to solve these issues, including that the possession of jamming equipment be made illegal.

So as GPS systems get set to destroy the world, what tech will be next to threaten our lives? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.