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The joy of Microsoft's 'avoid ghetto' GPS patent

Pedestrians have sometimes felt neglected when it comes to GPS directions.Indeed, not so long ago, one lady sued Google because the directions its map offered led her (she believed) to be struck by a car.



Now Microsoft has been granted a patent that is designed to make its maps more pedestrian-friendly. Somehow, this patent has immediately been dubbed the "avoid ghetto" feature.



The gist of it seems to be that Microsoft's GPS--which will reportedly be inserted into Windows Phones in the future--will use input from more varied and up-to-date sources in order to create suggested routes.



Among these sources are crime statistics. Which has led some to the thought that this will somehow be an insult to poor neighborhoods.



What is unclear, at least from my reading of the patent--which isn't written by anything resembling a human hand or mind--is what kind of crime statistics the
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Added: Jan-9-2012 Occurred On: Jan-9-2012
By: Pure_Adrenaline
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Tags: avoid de ghetto, gps, crime
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