[talk-au] Software goes on, brain goes off...

John Smith deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com
Mon May 31 21:36:46 BST 2010

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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