Utah Woman Suing Google For Walking Directions That Involve A Highway

Posted May 31, 2010

A woman in Utah named Lauren Rosenberg is suing Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) because of the “Walking” feature on Google Maps.
Rosenberg used Google Maps on January 19, 2009 through her BlackBerry to get walking directions between 96 Daly Street, Park City, Utah and 1710 Prospector Avenue, Park City, Utah (shown in the embedded map below). Google suggested her to walk 1/2 mile down Deer Valley Drive, but the problem was that this road is also known as the busy highway Utah State Route 224, which does not have any sidewalks.

Rosenberg ended up getting hit by a car being driven by Patrick Harwood. So Rosenberg is suing Harwood and Google in the case of Rosenberg v. Harwood that was filed at the U.S. District Court Central Division in Utah. Rosenberg is looking for damages “in excess of $100,000.”

On the web, Google Maps shows that Walking directions are in beta, but the BlackBerry version may not necessarily have the same warning. On the iPhone version, there is not a Beta warning about the walking directions. All I can say is that technology should not be expected to be responsible for a lack of common sense. [Search Engine Land]

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