When a work can be done by common sense, then why do we have to go for other methods?
The question was raised recently when an instruction from GPS service such as Google Maps was proven wrong.

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A individual from California named Rosenberg is claiming Google to be at fault as the Google Maps issued her the directions which ultimately led to an accident with a car. Moreover, she is asking Google for her medical treatment and demanding a sum of $100,000. Rosenberg also found complaining the driver Patrick Harwood who struck her.
Imagine this happening to an individual who is walking. How can one follow GPS instructions blindly. This is one of those moments where you need to apply common sense.

According to Rosenberg`s complaint,

As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle, causing her to suffer severe permanent physical, emotional, and mental injuries, including pain and suffering.

Google however should not be blamed blindly as the Google Maps clearly gives you a warning-

Walking directions are in beta. Use caution–This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.

Hence, the following conclusions arrive from this story:-
1) One must always be careful with GPS as they are never 100 percent accurate.
2) Any software under Beta stage cannot be trustworthy.
3) Common sense is something that is not to be kept aside.

Google is world`s richest organisation and it is clearly evident that Rosenberg has taken this as a step to highlight herself in media by asking for money and suing Google over a stupid reason.

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Google Maps have proven to be a great help to the people who are new to a particular place. It is a very nice technology and it really requires an appreciation. One cannot just blame Google like that.

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  1. Basically, I do not blame Google Maps for its errors. This article contains the good reason why we should not blame Google Maps for its error. They have provided advice and warnings when providing their services to us. We are getting the services for FREE OF CHARGE! Google Maps have benefited me a lot since i install it in my phone while I am paying nothing out of it. We must be careful when we make our own decision. It is essential to take alternative route once the original recommended route is not safe to use. I admit that Google Maps does not provide alternative route in the settings when recommending the route. But you can make it to recommend an alternative route by clicking another point in the map as a start point when getting direction. I appreciated Google Maps services and will continue to use it in the future. Thank You, Google for creating such a nice application!!!


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