Google Maps dangerous, lawsuit alleges

A woman is suing Google after she was hit by a car while following walking directions provided by Google Maps.

Lauren Rosenberg of Park City, Utah in the US claims Google is responsible for the accident because its Google Maps service led her to walk along a busy road with no pavement or pedestrian path.

She is suing for medical costs, loss of earnings, and punitive damages for severe permanent physical, emotional and mental injuries. She is also suing the driver of the car that hit her.

Google Maps does issue a warning to use caution as its walking directions are in beta and routes may not include pedestrian paths, but the warning is visible only on PCs and not mobile devices like phones.

Given the choice of a walk with a PC tucked under my arm or a mobile phone, I know which one I am more likely to choose. Google apparently does not.

 

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