First we had people driving off cliffs when their GPS told them to take a wrong turn. I am not sure what those people were thinking but now things have been taken one step further. Lauren Rosenberg was in Utah following Google Maps walking directions on her BlackBerry when she was hit by a car. It seems like she was totally missing the fact that she was walking on Deer Valley Drive which is also known as Utah State Route 224 a highway she would have no business walking on.
I know when you use Google Walking directions from your computer it warns you that:
Walking directions are in beta. Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.
Since Lauren is now suing the driver and Google for $100,000 something tells me we will be seeing a similar warning message on Google Maps for BlackBerry. Maybe Google should give a simple common sense test when you start the app…
Here is some of the wording from the court documents:
Defendant Google, through its "Google Maps" service provided Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg with walking directions that led her out onto Deer valley Drive, a.k.a. State Route 224, a rural highway with no sidewalks, and a roadway that exhibits motor vehicles traveling at high speeds, that is not reasonably safe for pedestrians.
The Defendant Google expects uses of the walking map site to rely on the accuracy of the walking directions given….
As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless, and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle…