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Google sued over BlackBerry mobile mapping accident

Google sued over BlackBerry mobile mapping accident

A lawsuit has been filed against Google in the US after a BlackBerry user wandered into busy traffic and was hit by a car while following directions provided by its mobile mapping app.

Lauren Rosenberg was using Google Maps to get across town on foot at the start of the year. She followed the instructions delivered to her BlackBerry and ended up on a stretch of busy highway that was bereft of pavements.

Mrs Rosenberg was subsequently struck by a car whilst walking and is now seeking nearly £70,000 in damages and expenses from the search giant.

She believes her case is strong because Google did not indicate in its mapping app that there was no walkway for pedestrians to use.

Google's desktop version of the site has a warning at the side explaining that the walking directions feature is not definitive or completely tested and as such should only be used as a guide.

However, the screen of the BlackBerry that the claimant was using is said to be too small to show this warning alongside the directions and, as such, Mrs Rosenberg was not aware of it.

Observers have pointed out that putting large warnings in every mobile phone mapping page would instantly render the service useless, as much of the precious screen space would become obscured.

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