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Pedestrian Follows Google Map, Gets Run Over, Sues

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the america-amazes-me-sometimes dept.

Google 699

Hugh Pickens writes "The Toronto Star reports that a Utah woman is suing Google for more than $100,000 in damages, claiming its maps function gave her walking directions that led her onto a major highway, where she was struck by a car. Lauren Rosenberg sought directions between two addresses in Utah about 3 kilometers apart and the top result suggested that she follow a busy rural highway for several hundred meters. The highway did not have sidewalks or any other pedestrian-friendly amenities, and Rosenberg was struck by a car. Rosenberg filed suit against both the driver of the car that struck her and Google, claiming both carried responsibility in her injury. Her lawyers claim Google is liable because it did not warn her that the route would not offer a safe place for a pedestrian to walk. Google has pointed out that the directions Rosenberg sought come with a warning of caution for pedestrians, but Rosenberg claims that she accessed the Maps function on her Blackberry mobile device, where it did not include the warning."

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For serious? (5, Insightful)

millennial (830897) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409488)

People walk on busy highways without sidewalks and think they're going to be perfectly safe? Why on earth would a thinking person even consider going by that route?

Re:For serious? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409560)

...a Utah woman...onto a major highway, where she was struck by a car...

Ha HA! Makes sense to me, Mormons are dumb.

Lauren Rosenberg...is suing Google for more than $100,000 in damages...

Ha HA! Makes sense to me, Jews are greedy.

Re:For serious? (5, Insightful)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409608)

I would take that route if is saved me time. I would also be cautious and watch for traffic. People walk along highways all the time without incident, she was either inattentive or unlucky.

Should google have to write warnings for all dangers? WARNING: You are about to cross the road. Our records show that this intersection has a crosswalk. Please wiat until the red hand turns into a white funny-looking guy before proceeding. Be sure to check both ways for traffic before stepping onto the road. Be aware that there may be other pedestrians crossing the road. Be sure not to collide with them. Caution! Be aware that there may be open manholes! DO NOT step on a manhole that has it's cover removed. For a full list of applicable warnings, please go to www.google.ca/pleasetiemyshoes/

Re:For serious? (5, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409636)

Yes, it's absurd. But remember, she hasn't won anything yet, just filed a suit. And anybody can file a suit claiming almost anything. I think I will save my vitriol for the legal system until/if she wins.

Re:For serious? (1)

adolf (21054) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409802)

I'd walk it, too. I'd just stay the way over to the right, or the left, whichever seemed safest at the time.

The city folk that seem so common on Slashdot may not realize this, but (surprise!) most roads in rural America aren't lined with sidewalks and curbs, and don't have crosswalks. So, if you want to get from A to B on foot, you're going to have to walk along the side of the road.

It sucks that they got hit by a car. Shit happens all the time, but that doesn't always mean that anyone did anything particularly wrong.

Oncoming Traffic Re:For serious? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409882)

City folk indeed. Despite being raised in the city I still managed to pick up the 'common knowledge' that

a) Highways are dangerous
b) You walk on the shoulder opposite the flow of traffic (so you can see what's coming).

Hell, my city [google.ca] barely even has a highway in it!

Re:For serious? (5, Informative)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409822)

Warning: Breathe regularly to prevent asphyxiation.

Caution: If you are undergoing fluid immersion, avoid breathing temporarily to avoid drowning.

Re:For serious? (1)

skids (119237) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409686)

Well, if you're in California you do it because there are no safe pedestrian routes, period.

But in Utah? Actually, frankly I'm surprised there are ever enough people in one place at the same time in Utah for any accidents to happen there.

Whatever happened to common sense? (5, Informative)

illumnatLA (820383) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409690)

Really... jeeze... What ever happened to common sense. If it looks dangerous... it probably is. If her Blackberry told her to insert her arm into an industrial shredder would she have done that as well?

Take a look at this... this is the road in question... [google.com] There was plenty of room on the left side of the street to walk without being anywhere near the road.

I really hope this gets thrown out of court. People need to take responsibility for their own stupidity.

Re:Whatever happened to common sense? (3, Insightful)

kfz-versicherung (1776496) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409842)

LOL! What a greedy AND stupid bitch.

Quick someone text her instructions on how to breath water - you'll do the world a big favor.

Re:For serious? (2, Insightful)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409760)

It'd be interesting to see if that was the only available route bar some huge detour. I've been around parts of town where the only roads are four lane, 45 MPH with few, if any, lights. Maybe she should sue the city/county/state for not providing pedestrian-safe routes?

Upon RTFA, they have a link to the route she took [google.com] . I was hesitant to jump on the "stupid bitch" bandwagon but there's multiple roads running parallel. Stupid bitch needs to use her god damn brain.

Re:For serious? (1)

Ichijo (607641) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409790)

People walk on busy highways without sidewalks and think they're going to be perfectly safe?

If they walk predictably, why wouldn't they be safe from motorists who obey the Basic Speed Law [ca.gov] ?

Re:For serious? (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409884)

Why on earth would a thinking person even consider going by that route?

      Answered your own question, there, didn't you? Besides, a *computer* told them to, can't argue with that.

          Brett

Um. (4, Insightful)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409490)

Who's fault is it when you're walking on a highway?

Re:Um. (5, Insightful)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409562)

In my opinion she has the right to be refunded all the money she paid for using google maps.

Re:Um. (2, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409664)

Exactly. How is this any different than Google suggesting I use a crosswalk and getting hit?

The driver is the only one at fault. Highway driving or not, you are supposed to be watching out for pedestrians (hikers, cyclists, etc).

However, she should lose the case for either stupidity or greed, whichever is driving her to sue the big company.

Re:Um. (3, Insightful)

lorenlal (164133) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409778)

I'm not willing to say that the driver is the only one at fault. If she's absent minded enough to follow her blackberry for walking directions onto a highway and realize there's an increased risk for doing so after the fact... I don't doubt she could have taken a few steps right in front of the car at the wrong time either.

But, in all likelihood, yes... The driver wasn't paying attention. This should be an insurance + local law enforcement matter. Google shouldn't be involved whatsoever.

Re:Um. (4, Funny)

Interoperable (1651953) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409682)

Looks to me like it's RIM's fault.

Rosenberg claims that she accessed the Maps function on her Blackberry mobile device, where it did not include the warning.

I'd say it's time to fire the lawyers who forgot to sue RIM and then use new lawyers to sue the lawyers whose mistake it was.

Re:Um. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409862)

Google may be at fault for many things, but a moron getting run over for not looking around for traffic is not one of them.

I'm sorry but... (1, Redundant)

richardkelleher (1184251) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409494)

is she f&#%^g blind, just stupid or what. If you don't feel safe walking some place, DON'T WALK THERE!

Re:I'm sorry but... (1)

Krau Ming (1620473) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409854)

but she did feel safe thanks to the lack of warning on the google directions.

So.... (2, Insightful)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409496)

No personal responsibility at all involved here? I can see how the driver is liable, but Google? Psht.

Re:So.... (3, Informative)

frozentier (1542099) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409526)

IS the driver liable if she's just walking aimlessly down a highway? Where I'm from, it's actually illegal to walk down a highway with no sidewalk.

Re:So.... (1)

zill (1690130) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409588)

Exactly.

I'm not saying she should be immediately arrested but at least she should be charged with a criminal offense.

Re:So.... (2, Insightful)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409592)

I hope that your locale actually builds sidewalks.

Re:So.... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409698)

Where I am the major highways only run to areas that are far enough apart that you couldn't really walk along a highway to any meaningful destination. It is very much illegal to walk or ride a bike on them.

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409672)

Where I'm from it's illegal to walk down the road with cars coming up behind you. Thus you should walk on the shoulder of the left lane so you can see any cars coming.

Re:So.... (4, Funny)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409578)

Her father is the one responsible. He pulled out too late.

Nobody's perfect (4, Insightful)

frozentier (1542099) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409500)

Nobody's perfect, lady, including Google. Maybe Google should sue you for not having the sense to stay out of the road.

Re:Nobody's perfect (1)

Extremus (1043274) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409872)

When I read about these cases, I start to think that in USA people can outsource common sense. :)

good thing (5, Funny)

ionix5891 (1228718) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409502)

she didnt press "im feeling lucky" button so

Re:good thing (1)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409758)

she didnt press "im feeling lucky" button so

If she had, maybe she'd have faired better.

And I'm Going to Sue Darwin (4, Insightful)

ClippyHater (638515) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409508)

If he'd have done his job we wouldn't have to suffer through this kind of crap.

Re:And I'm Going to Sue Darwin (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409582)

What, is it now Darwin's fault the US court system will protect Darwin Award candidates? Or in a more classic form... [bash.org] .

Re:And I'm Going to Sue Darwin (0, Offtopic)

masterwit (1800118) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409824)

If he'd have done his job we wouldn't have to suffer through this kind of crap.

+10 Cool-Points to you ClippyHater...

Personally I think: what took Google so long? If we can rid ourselves of more idiots this easily, id say lets start directing everyone across major highways! Decrease the surplus population, only the strong survive! (Kjella nails this home too... [slashdot.org] )

Why not sue RIM while you're at it? (1)

Moof123 (1292134) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409510)

Sheesh, not sure if following the stupid directions, or suing everything in sight after wards is the worse offense.

Re:Why not sue RIM while you're at it? (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409618)

She should also hit the IETF, IEEE, and her ISP. I'm sure a Sisco router routed this dangerous information at some point too.

Re:Why not sue RIM while you're at it? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409728)

Learn to spell Cisco.

Re:Why not sue RIM while you're at it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409828)

Learn to spell Cisco.

Sysco [sysco.com]

Re:Why not sue RIM while you're at it? (1)

Dog-Cow (21281) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409878)

Stupid Chinese knock-offs.

not a darwin award winner (4, Insightful)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409512)

but sooo close. maybe next time. Please try again!

My mom taught me not to walk/play in traffic when I was four. Maybe this gal should sue her parents too?

Re:not a darwin award winner (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409556)

Excellent! Remove that one from the gene pool.

Re:not a darwin award winner (1)

Uranium-238 (1586465) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409586)

My thoughts exactly!

Re:not a darwin award winner (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409674)

Way I see it, she could (A) sue them for not teaching her properly, or (B) for not passing on the gene for COMMON SENSE

Me too! (1)

saladpuncher (633633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409514)

I'm suing Black Berry as well. It told me to take a right and I drove into a lake.

I'm suing too! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409518)

I swam all the way from Newfoundland to England and nearly DIED!!

~Mr. G. Ullible

Re:I'm suing too! (1)

beleriand (22608) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409654)

I was actually kind of puzzled why google took out that feature. Was allways so funny to read "swim across the atlantic ocean..". Maybe their lawyers thought about it and decided to not take any chances :(

priceless (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409520)

everyone and everything but yourself are at fault right? why dont these silly lawsuits just get dismissed for wasting court time?

Re:priceless (1)

zill (1690130) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409614)

iANAL, but doesn't this count as contempt of court? She's obviously mocking and abusing the legal system.

Really? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409522)

Woman needs to learn how to walk down the road. I'm a college student. I'm poor. I walk down major highways all the time and voila, I don't get hit by a car. I see people do it all the time, and voila, they don't get hit by a car.

I think this woman was just stupid and wanted someone to blame for her own ignorance.

Re:Really? (0, Troll)

nicolas.kassis (875270) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409570)

Well I can see a case against the car driver, since most rural highways don't restrict against pedestrian traffic on the side, and I can also see a case against the city or county since this road could be required to have a sidewalk (some laws I believe about sidewalk on road with a certain amount of traffic) but google in this case really can't be blamed because it's not like they force her to take that route, they suggested this route.

As Clint Eastwood* says (1, Informative)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409532)

"If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster."

*And Happy Birthday, Clint!

"Distracted Walker"? (1)

Two99Point80 (542678) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409544)

Was she using the Blackberry while walking along that route?

stupid people (4, Insightful)

meerling (1487879) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409550)

They're everywhere, and not enough of them are getting Darwin Awards even when they deserve them.

Now I'll admit it's terrible that she got hurt, but let's face it, how stupid could she be to blindly follow a map into traffic?
What if a fire had engulfed the area, would she have walked into that just because a map shows that as a viable route?
I don't know about you, but I tend to avoid getting in the way of high speed multi-ton solid objects, I understand about inertia and kinetic impacts.

Guess she should sue her parents for neglecting to teach her not to walk on roads with traffic. Or perhaps for not making sure her, as an adult, didn't do something so stupid, and then have the audacity to blame someone else for her death-wish activities.

Re:stupid people (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409652)

And sue Al Gore for inventing the internet in the first place. Or Babbage...

Re:stupid people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409768)

Now I'll admit it's terrible that she only got hurt

Amen, brother!

walking directions (beta): use caution (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409552)

"walking directions (beta): use caution"

that's the exact text once you start point by point directions on the iPhone... I assume it's the same on her blackberry

Re:walking directions (beta): use caution (1)

danking (1201931) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409684)

Same thing on my Android phone. Can anyone confirm that it doesn't state it on a Blackberry?

Empathy (5, Funny)

Unoti (731964) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409566)

My thoughts on this article were influenced by my low empathy score.

Re:Empathy (1)

yyxx (1812612) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409670)

I feel exactly what you're feeling, and I empathize with you completely!

Oh Ya... (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409568)

Seriously and probably incurably retarded person gets injured through own sheer stupidity and wants others to pay. Lawyers will make a bundle. News at 11.

mod d0wn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409574)

Market share. Red log on Then the can be like every day...Like Perspective, the ggodbye...she had most. Look at the With any sort More grandiose

well.... (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409576)

$100,000 lawsuit is pretty cheap these days....

That's probably less then 3 billable days for google lawyers.

Ouch! (0, Offtopic)

Tony Stark (1391845) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409598)

Why didn't anyone warn me my hot coffee was hot?!

sheeshhh (2, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409604)



What the fuck is the world coming to?

.

Re:sheeshhh (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409752)

Back right where it started, in a year.

This story is made up (4, Funny)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409634)

Lauren Rosenberg sought directions between two addresses in Utah about 3 kilometers apart and the top result suggested that she follow a busy rural highway for several hundred meters.

There are no kilometers in Utah.

Re:This story is made up (1)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409784)

Well, what happens if she had Google give her the information in kilometers? Such an option does exist. You cannot immediately jump to the conclusion that the story is made up.

some people... (1)

The_jos (659077) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409642)

Too bad they don't give Darwin Awards to people who live to tell their stupidity...

Re:some people... (1)

osgeek (239988) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409706)

Well, if it had taken out her uterus before she had a chance to have any children, then she would still have been eligible.

Re:some people... (1)

elbiatcho1 (1554817) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409774)

They do, it's called a Living Darwin Award.

And coffee is hot (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409644)

People like this should be sent away, far far away and they dilute the gene pool.

Common sense FAIL (1)

kheldan (1460303) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409646)

Perhaps I should make the subject "Common sense absent"? Am I the only person left on the planet who can assess a situation and determine whether it's safe or not, and take appropriate actions to safeguard myself? On second thought I call bullshit; I cannot believe anyone is so stupid as this, this woman must be looking for a payday.

Re:Common sense FAIL (1, Redundant)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409750)

Perhaps I should make the subject "Common sense absent"? Am I the only person left on the planet who can assess a situation and determine whether it's safe or not, and take appropriate actions to safeguard myself? On second thought I call bullshit; I cannot believe anyone is so stupid as this, this woman must be looking for a payday.

Could not have said it better myself. A woman, ostensibly this means she is an adult, should have been able to make a judgement call based on her surroundings. Should Google really be responsible for this? NO

Rosenberg? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409650)

Why am I not suprised it's a god damn kike trying to Jew someone out of money?

It's a shame the car didn't kill her. Or Hitler.

luckily, she didn't read on google about shit eati (1)

playcat (1723020) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409656)

too bad she didn't die and rid us all of probably-stupid offspring also ... moderators on this site are morons. they too shouldn't have children. if they, however, have them... they should probably kill them or give them to charity

Re:luckily, she didn't read on google about shit e (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409856)

You got one flamebait mod. Stop whining and get over it.

ITT I condense this story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409678)

I am a dumb fuck who is too busy looking at my phone to notice I am walking to an unsafe place and I should be removed from the gene pool.

Re:ITT I condense this story (1)

sauerbua (1496429) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409708)

where do i sign?

Right... (1)

beatle11 (1086123) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409692)

Google is responsible for a persons stupidity now?

Do you always do what Google tells you? (1)

n00btastic (1489741) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409710)

If Google tells you to jump off a cliff, are you going to do it?

Re:Do you always do what Google tells you? (1)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409800)

If Google tells you to jump off a cliff, are you going to do it?

Fred, I am going for it! Bonzzzzaaaaiiii!

Re:Do you always do what Google tells you? (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409834)

If I was Googling BASE jumping, yes.

summary judgement (1)

ncmathsadist (842396) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409712)

'M' is for meritless.

xkcd? (2, Interesting)

kav2k (1545689) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409722)

Obligatory reference [xkcd.com] .

Re:xkcd? (1)

Fruit (31966) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409810)

Use Yahoo! [penny-arcade.com] instead?

Same Thing Happened to Me (1)

hdon (1104251) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409732)

The same thing happened to me, but I turned around and found another way without Google's help.

What makes this a problem in my mind is that Google Maps doesn't offer a "detour me" feature that allows you to easily avoid specified nodes in the commute graph. My Garmin GPS had this feature and driving all over the Western half of the US for many months I can tell you it was an indispensable feature.

A good detour feature is a really necessary feature in an emergency situation. As we become more dependent on these systems, we should make sure they are at least as robust as good old-fashioned know-how. Being a firm believe in technology, I'm sure Google Maps could in fact surpass our own robustness and incorporate features to make emergencies even safer for people, but right now Google Maps seems to be focused on telling you how to go some place where you'll spend money.

Re:Same Thing Happened to Me (1)

ldrydenb (1316047) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409820)

The same thing happened to me, but I turned around and found another way without Google's help.

What makes this a problem in my mind is that Google Maps doesn't offer a "detour me" feature that allows you to easily avoid specified nodes in the commute graph.

Likewise. The point at which I turned a corner and found myself on a dirt path with a sheer drop to my left and a two lane highway to my right was the point at which I decided to stop following my iPhone's directions. The route I should have taken (and now take) is effectively the other three sides of a square. At the time, there was no way to derive this from Google Maps, but it was pretty obvious that I shouldn't proceed on the suggested route.

Re:Same Thing Happened to Me (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409868)

It already has that feature:
Hover the cursor over the blue line
press and hold the button the computer regards as the left mouse button
move the cursor to the detour point to use

Route will now use the indicated waypoint (black circle) to calculate the route. :P

Unanimous slashdot opinion? (1)

osgeek (239988) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409734)

Wow, I can't recall ever reading this many Slashdot responses and not seeing one word of dissent. Seems unanimous that everyone thinks this lady is an idiot and has no right to sue.

That should be legally binding.

Come on... not even a troll sticking his head up above the bridge?

So much stupid (1)

Sabalon (1684) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409754)

Guess they better remove the kayak across the pacific in some directions before someone does it. And can I sue Google if the directions they give me result in me getting in a car accident? After all I wouldn't have been on that road if Google didn't tell me too.

Also, while I'm at it, I cut myself with a knife at a restaurant that came up on a Google search, so I'll hit them with that suit as well. At the same time I hit them for sending me to a seafood place with my shellfish allergies.

But it's not just google. Yahoo gave me movie times to a showing any my kid learned a bad word from Iron Man 2. Pain and suffering baby!

BRB...Youtube just gave me some cool results on parkour...this should be easy.

Kayaking to Japan (2, Informative)

garompeta (1068578) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409762)

I will sue Google because I almost drowned myself kayaking to Japan.
(See the directions from the US to Japan in Google Maps)

reasonable person (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409766)

no reasonable person would expect the maps to be perfect, and to use the maps with caution as a guide.

It's too bad she didn't just die to stop this friv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409798)

It's too bad she didn't just die to stop this frivolous lawsuit

Whether Factor ? (Got Your Attention?) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409830)

Noted in AccuWeather, Park City had a top temp of 19F that day. Could Ms. Rosenberg have been impacted by the weather? Bundled up? Ear muffs?

Darwin help us (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32409832)

If only she died, she could have won a Darwin Award.

Seriously : THINK.

Or sue your parents for being such a moron.

If Google... (1)

ferrocene (203243) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409838)

If Google told her to jump off of a bridge, would she have done it?

Darwin would be sad (1)

Kikuchi (1709032) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409866)

Darwin would be sad to learn that she survived.

This is a real issue (1, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#32409870)

It's a real issue if a map system leads people into a trap.

There was a problem in England where a map system led truck drivers down a narrow dead-end lane from which they could not turn around. This was an ongoing problem, and the local property owners raised hell.

An Oregon couple was sent down a Forest Service road in a remote area [kgw.com] and was stuck for three days before they were rescued.

The problem is serious in situations where the map system leads people onto an initially plausible route which gets them into trouble. Looking at the pictures for this walking problem, there's a dirt trail alongside the road. But does that dirt trail end before the destination?

Because Google actually drives out roads and takes pictures, people may be led to have more confidence in Google's mapping than in systems which just use ordinary map data.

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