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As reported by several publications in the popular press, MicroSoft was recently awarded a patent for technology that will generate GPS routing based on crime factors. Intended primarily for Windows enabled mobile phones, the technology has already been dubbed: "Avoid Ghetto". Find below two articles on this development:
- Microsoft Patents Bad Neighborhood Detection, Byte, January 7, 2012
- Microsoft Patents ‘Avoid Ghetto’ Feature For GPS Devices, CBS Seattle, January 6, 2012
Comment: It was only matter of time before this happened. Although MicroSoft got there first with this aspect of what's possible with GPS and a dynamic data base - look for additional capabilities related to personal safety and emergencies from others in the years ahead.
It seems like it could be a useful feature if you are traveling or just moved to a new city. Locals generally know which neighborhoods have more crime.ReplyDelete