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Woman is struck by a car, sues Google for bad walking directions on Google Maps

News by Michael Oryl on Monday May 31, 2010.

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It appears that Google is being sued by California native Lauren Rosenberg because she asked the Google Maps application that was running on her BlackBerry smartphone for pedestrian directions that suggested she walk down a Utah state highway in Park City. Rosenberg's own legal complaint describes the road as "a rural highway with no sidewalks, and a roadway that exhibits motor vehicles traveling at high speeds, that is not reasonably safe for pedestrians."

In spite of the obvious dangers, Rosenberg appears to have ignored all common sense and blindly followed the directions. What happens next should strike nobody as unexpected - unless, of course, you are Lauren Rosenberg.

Rosenberg was struck by a car while walking down the highway. She is suing for "over $100,000" in medical expenses, lost income, diminished future earning capacity, and a laundry list of other items. [via PC World]


Soner Toraman @ 9:23:43AM EDT on Monday May 31, 2010

Just plain dumb. Google Maps walking directions is in it's beta stage and it states that it's not entirely safe to follow instructions.

chiianna @ 1:05:23PM EDT on Monday May 31, 2010

Got to love this world of people not taking responsibility for their own actions. Just because the computer tells you to do something doesn't mean that it is always a good idea.

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