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Smartphone Maps While Driving Banned In California
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Nathan Golia
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4/10/2013 | 12:40:24 PM
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Insurance companies are interested in curbing distracted driving: A company called Cellcontrol has developed an aftermarket device that pairs with apps via Bluetooth to disable many of the functions of a mobile phone, and is working with a couple insurers (including Esurance) on getting the device in policyholders' hands. But, navigation apps are actually exempted by default, which makes sense: What's the difference between using your phone and your GPS to navigate? Clearly there is another solution waiting to happen. My money is on some sort of built-in stand in cars' dashboards that can fit most GPSes and smartphones without requiring the purchase of extra equipment.
AustinIT
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4/9/2013 | 1:21:25 PM
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We are all happy that you are an expert "in this voice and video in the cars stuff". However, you are definitely NOT an expert in human behavior. If a driver has to take his eyes off the road for any reason, it opens up the distinct possibility that a mistake will be made and serious consequences might occur. You cannot outlaw stupid, but you can often mitigate those things which are obvious.

Sometimes the actions that happen in California may seem over-reaching, but their intentions are usually in the right place. They have the highest population of any state in the country and are often faced with how to properly deal with it.
Cara Latham
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4/9/2013 | 12:58:08 PM
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davn8r, I agree wholeheartedly with you. I think either way, this ruling just serves to create more confusion. I can foresee cases in which summonses are mistakenly issued for people who have standalone GPS devices or other misinterpretations of the law. I think the government needs to follow up with legislation to clarify the regulations.
Tom Mariner
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4/8/2013 | 10:59:14 PM
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Folks! Its California! You expected something different?

The Golden State where anything was possible, where the beaches and laboratories were filled with certified crazies that didn't know you "couldn't do that", built a billion of them and made the state rich. That's gone now -- replaced by the most restrictive government this side of Washington. Hopefully the tech businesses in the state will continue to get the message and flee to friendlier climes.

Will the last Californian out of the state please let the liberal government know there's nobody left to pay for their ego trip.

I'm a certified expert in this voice and video in the cars stuff -- helped invent it. Everything these clowns are telling you about this particular "distraction" and killing school buses filled with kids is absolutely nonsense.
Leo Regulus
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4/8/2013 | 7:54:12 PM
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Thank You California. It's good to have a Navigator in an automobile, but NOT the driver. Even most airplanes have a separate position for Navigator.

I wonder if this level of culture and intelligence will ever penetrate Floriduh, which still allows both text and talk and no requirement ofr 'hands-free' - which is also very widely practiced.
chis
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4/8/2013 | 5:49:32 PM
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To forbid handling a smartphone for navigation purposes is ridiculous when one considers the big floppy paper map it has replaced. The smartphone is less of a distraction than the old way of navigating.
davn8r
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4/8/2013 | 3:52:08 PM
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I understand the logic behind the restriction but we have an inconsistency when a driver is prohibited from touching a smartphone which is being used as a navigation device but may legally interact with (i.e.: touch) a GPS device being used for the same purpose and in the exact same manner.

Perhaps the legislation could be modified to either include touching any such device regardless of classification (smartphone vs. TomTom for instance) or be modified to allow access to 'properly mounted' devices thus reducing the distraction as the driver would no longer need to shift his/her gaze down into the cockpit of the car (assuming 'properly mounted' means within some reasonable sight line of normal driving).
lacertosus
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4/8/2013 | 3:42:54 PM
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Rule is too strict. What about built in navigation/entertainment systems? To me these are more of a distraction than being on the phone.
Blst
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4/8/2013 | 3:40:19 PM
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I have always thought that a smartphone should come with a very functional and beautiful car mount holder, which saves many precious lives, as most of us are drivers. It would be interesting how penetrated car mount device is at present relative to smartphone penetration. Also the matter of debate will be the safety of car mount holder itself as it may become a major risk for driver and passengers in case of accident. Ideally, every car needs to have a standardized space to which an user can put his/her smartphone securely, which probably does not make car makers happy as it may become a threat to OEM dashboard navigation (i.e. intelligent system as some makers call it).


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