Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ghetto Avoidance Via Nav

Yesterday saw a story on AutoBlog about a coming enhancement to the navigation system in Hondas. The systems comes out today in Japan, but there are no currently-published plans to bring it to the US. Basically, the system takes into consideration high crime areas (in addition to the things such systems already take into account when routing, such as construction, real time traffic flow data, and the roads themselves) so as to potentially avoid the area in creating the route.

I have a hard time seeing how the introduction of such a feature in the US wouldn't result in cries of racial profiling (even if it was digesting raw geographically-tagged government crime rate statistics).

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