My feelings are torn about this lawsuit filed against Google.
A woman is actually suing the IT giant for supplying her unsafe directions after she was injured in a pedestrian accident in Park City, Utah.
Laura Rosenberg of LA County, California filed the lawsuit last week and is seeking more than $100,000 in damages. She also named the motorist that struck her in the lawsuit.
According to Rosenberg, she downloaded directions to go from one end of Park City to another from Google Maps on her mobile phone.
However, the direction that she got led her to a busy road with no sidewalks that were “reasonably safe for pedestrians” and she consequently got hit by a passing vehicle.
In the Google Maps for computers, there is a disclaimer that warns that there may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.
However, that disclaimer cannot be found on the mobile version of Google Maps.
Now I am torn if I find this lawsuit ridiculous or actually brilliant.
At first it really sounds absurd, but the longer you think about it, the more it does makes sense.
It is the Internet age and the laws must catch up to the technology.
I think it is also high time that Web 2.0 companies like Google be held accountable for possible effects of their products.
Since their mobile version failed to address the possible dangers in the directions that they’ve given, shouldn’t they be held liable for that?
What do you think?