Bad Neighborhood Detection for GPS

Posted January 9, 2012 by Johnny2x in Science

So you are trying to find a good farmers market and you are driving around using your trusty GPS unit. Before you know it, you end up deep in the heart of North Philly and someone is at your window asking if you want some of the “freshest crack around.” After you buy your crack and move on you realize this damn GPS does this to you all the time and now you have a crack habit.

Well you are in luck! Our friends at Microsoft have developed a feature of GPS devices that help you avoid the ghetto.

A side note: I wonder what you do if you live IN what they consider the ghetto. Does it just keep steering you away from home?

Microsoft’s patent states that a route can be plotted for pedestrians to avoid an “unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures.”

Created for mobile phones, the technology uses the latest crime statistics and weather data and includes them when calculating a route.
We’re still trying to figure out how walking a few blocks in one direction might subject you to harsh temperatures.
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