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Hit by car, woman sues Google for bad walking directions -
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Hit by car, woman sues Google for bad walking directions

We've warned in the past that you shouldn't blindly rely on your GPS unit to give you directions, as people have been led astray (and nearly off cliffs) before. What about walking directions? If led onto a busy highway and hit by a car, can you sue?
 


That's the question being raised in a lawsuit by Lauren Rosenberg. She claims that after using Google Maps' "Walking Directions" feature on her BlackBerry (there's the problem: not Android or iPhone), she was led onto a busy highway and hit by a car.

Rosenberg has sued both Google and the car driver, Patrick Harwood, for damages in excess of $100,000. The events occurred January 19, 2009, when Rosenberg, using her Blackberry, got directions between 96 Daly Street and 1710 Prospector Avenue in Park City, UT.

Google's directions led her to ?Deer Valley Drive.? Unfortunately, that's also an alternate name for the highway known as Utah State Route 224, which lacks sidewalks. Since Google didn't warn her about that fact, she claims Google is at fault.

While Google explicitly warns online that the walking directions are in beta, saying:

Walking directions are in beta.
Use caution ? This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.
it's unclear if this is shown on the BlackBerry. We have confirmed that version of Google Maps installed on our Nexus One displays the same warning information. However, the version we have on our iPhone 3GS does not.


 

 
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Reference:
www.examiner.com


Dated
2010-05-31



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