Person Struck By A Car After Following Walking Directions From Google Maps

Technology is great, but sometimes weird things happen as folks begin to depend on technology too much. Such might be the case for a lady who was in Utah. Seems that she was using Google Maps on her BlackBerry to get some walking directions, and the directions included walking on a road without sidewalks, called Deer Valley Drive (Utah State Route 224). So instead of looking for a different route, she stuck to Google’s directions and got hit by a car. It’s an unfortunate story, but the lady is now suing Google for a good $100,000, so looks like the law is going to be involved. In Google’s defense, the search engine giant does have a warning on the desktop version of the site, stating “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.” What do you think will be the outcome of this case? It’ll probably remind many folks out there not to blindly take instructions from Google Maps either, and to look before crossing a street.

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