Microsoft Does It Again!

Want your GPS to avoid the ghetto? There’s an app for that!

Microsoft has been granted a patent for its “avoid ghetto” feature for GPS devices. 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. (H/TSmite)

Call me a racist if you must, but this is the greatest app ever created.

9 thoughts on “Microsoft Does It Again!

  1. Loaded Dice in Vegas

    In the 70′s I remember tourist leaflets in Hawaii with maps which told you to stay out of certain areas do to the high crime stats.

  2. Jon Brooks

    A co-worker sent me an e-mail awhile ago with ‘liberal speak’ terminology and the corresponding ‘conservative’ translation next to it. For ‘diversified community neighborhood’ it translated to..high crime area.

  3. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Sally Anne – Zing!

    LDIV – There’s crime in Hawaii? Who knew?

    Smite – Not that there are ghettos in North Philly.

    Jon – Nicely done.

  4. Kerri

    Im confused….. why would an app avoiding neighborhoods using crime statistics be racist?

    I doubt it would be any particular race(s) that would be avoided more than any other….

  5. Bob G.

    Wyatt:
    So, my next question would logically be:
    “Then I suppose they have an AVOID DETROIT APP?”
    (Guess the Griswolds will LOVE this one)

    ;)

    Roll safe (and ghetto-free) out there.

  6. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Kerri – There are bad white, black, Asian, and Latino neighborhoods in Philly. I guess some people will cry racism for every one listed.

    Bob G. – Avoid Camden!

    DL474 – Vacation! Never go to East St. Louis.

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