TECH: Microsoft Drawing Heat Over “Avoid Ghetto” Patent

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Microsoft is getting a lot of flack over the proposed patent for a GPS-enabled mobile application that, while giving you directions to your destination, it also helps you avoid unsafe areas.

Say What!?!?

Using crime statistics from the surrounding areas, the app would reportedly navigate people around these so-called dangerous places.

“As a pedestrian travels, various difficulties can be encountered, such as traveling through an unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures,” said Microsoft’s official filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as quoted by the International Business Times. “A route can be developed for a person taking into account factors that specifically affect a pedestrian. Moreover, the route can alter as a situation of a user changes; for instance, if a user wants to add a stop along a route.”

Since the patent became public, it’s been nicknamed the “avoid ghetto app.”even though the word “ghetto” is no where to be found in the paperwork filed by Microsoft.

What we want to know is what happens when the place you want to go is IN one of these ‘unsafe neighborhoods’……#ijs