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Confused (and Injured) Pedestrian Sues Google Maps Over Bad Directions

DiscoblogBy Joseph CalamiaJun 1, 2010 3:26 PM

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On a midday stroll through Park City, Utah, you decide to turn onto the quaint-sounding Deer Valley Drive. You see this:

If you think you should turn back, you are not the intrepid Lauren Rosenberg. Armed with a Blackberry and Google Maps, she marched on, and could not believe when Patrick Harwood struck her with his car. According to Search Engine Land, which first broke the story, Rosenberg is now suing both Harwood and Google. As CNET reports:

Perhaps some of you might think of Rosenberg as just a perambulating chaser. Yet she and her lawyers reason that Google's walking directions were "careless, reckless, and negligent providing of unsafe directions."

But what about Google Maps' warning to such adventure-seekers? There's a yellow box that appears whenever you request walking directions using their website: "Walking Direction are in Beta. Use caution--This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths." Apparently this isn't enough. On Rosenberg's Blackberry, the route lacked the warning. She feels this entitles her to over $10,000 in medical expenses. Though GPS victims haven't won in similar suits, Rosenberg's turn in court will soon come. Here's hoping someone drives her to the hearing. Related content: DISCOVER: Think Tech A GPS to Augment Your Entire Reality 80beats: Lost in Space: GPS System May Soon Begin Deteriorating Discoblog: Teen Sues Mom for Hacking His Facebook Account Not Exactly Rocket Science: Google Earth shows that cow and deer herds align like compass needles

Image: Google Maps / Danny Sullivan

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