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Microsoft patents "avoid the ghetto" feature

gatorguy 325 Points
edited November -1 in GPS Discussions
Over the years we've had a couple of comments from members wanting a way to automatically avoid specific areas of specific towns/cities, sometimes reputed to be trouble spots, particularly in cities they weren't familiar with.

Some of the respondents felt it was needlessly discriminatory, bordering on racial profiling, while others felt they'd also like to see it as a safety measure.

Now along comes Microsoft patenting just such a feature. Dubbed by some reporters as "Avoid the Ghetto", they claim ownership of a method that "develops a route that takes into account unsafe neighborhoods, bad weather and dangerous terrain. It has been created especially for mobile phones with GPS technology. . ."

So what do you guys think? Worthy feature or an insult to poor neighborhoods?

http://m.ibtimes.com/microsoft-patents-avoid-ghetto-gps-feature-neighborhoods-277916.html

Comments

  • dhn 330 Points
    Also, a grand way for a competitor to provide data for a 'bad neighbourhood' :?
  • patruns 10 Points
    Don't we get some royalties for this? :P
  • A feature that avoids neighborhoods with Quilt Shops would be very useful to me :wink:
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