Microsoft Patents Crime-Stats GPS

by Mike Krumboltz
GPS devices have come a long way. They speak with different accents, tell you where the nearest coffee shop is, and even warn you when your commute is bogged down with traffic. Now, Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a new GPS feature that helps the user avoid dangerous neighborhoods.
An article from CBS Seattle explains that the technology uses “the latest crime statistics” when it’s mapping a route for the user. According to the patent documents, the idea is intended mainly for pedestrians, likely because people on foot are more likely to be accosted.
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