Microsoft Receives Patent for “Safe” Walking Directions

The patent, Pedestrian route production, has this abstract:

As a pedestrian travels, various difficulties can be encountered, such as traveling through an unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures. A route can be developed for a person taking into account factors that specifically affect a pedestrian. Moreover, the route can alter as a situation of a user changes; for instance, if a user wants to add a stop along a route.

So, any GIS-based route built off a model might be patentable? Shortest? Darkest? Most dangerous? Most hilly?
The patent application was in 2007; Bing Maps added pedestrian directions in 2010.
- GeekWire via @atanas


Published Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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