New Driver Exam In The UK Will Test GPS Navigation Skills

Not only do new drivers in the UK have to place a large “L” on the back of their vehicles, indicating that they are ‘learning’ to drive, but now there’s a new technological hurdle. As part of the practical exams given to new drivers starting in December, potential licensees will have to prove that they are capable of navigating by GPS. According to a government press release, this “independent driving” portion of the test will last 20 minutes, or about half the total amount of time of the exam. (The rest of the time drivers get turn-by-turn instructions from the person evaluating them.) Not everyone will be subject to the GPS test. One in five students will be asked to navigate based on old fashioned traffic signs instead.

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