Microsoft Patents Bad Neighbourhood 'Avoid Ghetto' Detection

Software giant Microsoft has patented a new GPS technology which would make it easier for pedestrians to find their way around.

The technology, which has been designed for Windows Phone, will give users the safest and quickest routes possible for pedestrians by analysing external data like user history, crime data and temperature. Data will be fed to the mobile based GPS system in real time.

The patent has been dubbed as ‘Avoid Ghetto', a name which stems from the fact that the technology will let users avoid unsafe areas where crime rates are high.

"As a pedestrian travels, various difficulties can be encountered, such as traveling through an unsafe neighbourhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures," the patent reads, PC Mag reports.

However, the company failed to specify in the patent what kind of crime stats it will be using or which factors contribute to a neighbourhood being declared unsafe.

The technology will also take into account the walking paths previously taken by the users and other factors like calendar appointments, that would determine the routes suggested to the users.