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Transportation Dept. Wants To Regulate Smartphone Maps
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User Rank: Author
6/16/2014 | 5:04:16 PM
unnecessary regulation
I would agree that adding government oversight here seems unnecessary and may slow down the pace of app improvements. Listening to Google Maps talk to me while i drive feels a lot safer than those old paper maps ever did. Hands-free nav works great.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/16/2014 | 3:46:06 PM
Re: Government gnikcuf tihs up
Turning off Google Navigation apps while driving is about as stupid as disabling Hands Free voice lookup while driving. So what do I do to renable Hands Free, slam the brake in the middle of the road, yell "Call Work" then keep on driving. All this will do is cause more accidents, but hey it's perfectly legal to slam the brakes in the middle of any highway for any reason at all.

Let's see though, how many delivery agencies use the GPS Navigation on their phones all day with no accidents? Yet it is perfectly legal to layout a map bigger than my windshield across the dashboard and drive down the road? I'm pretty sure using the in-hand paper map is a lot more likely to cause an accident than a cell phone's voice activated GPS.

Buy nobody ever does a study on that one. All these studies are flawed. Yes, obviously doing something that distracts you while driving can cause an accident, but when the alternative is something stupid like fighting with a map versus yelling out verbal commands or tapping 'go' on the screen, obviously the latter option is the better one.

Well here's another study that has probably never been done. Which is more distracting resulting in more driver error, fighting with your kids over the phone while driving, or fighting with your kids sitting in the car while driving? Once again, cell phones would probably be the best option, yet in many states it is prefectly fine to wreck while yelling at people in the vehicle, but get caught with a cell phone and bam that's definately to blame.

Dangerous senarios, poor attention to your environment, lack of driving skill, and poor reaction time causes accidents, not cell phones, so if you get in an accident stop pointing at the cell phone cause you've just got 3 more fingers pointing right back at you. Basically if you can't use a phone and drive at the same time, then you should never be on the road in the first place. People that wreck simply because they pushed a button don't have the skill or common sense necessary that should be required to drive a deadly weapon such as a vehicle. So the real problem is, getting a license and keeping it is just way too easy. Most drivers today shouldn't even be allowed on the road.

I should know, I'm a delivery driver, since 1996, never got in a accident, not even so much as a ticket, and have used my cell phone for both GPS and CALLs basically the entire time. Even 1 accident and I lose my job, so I just use common sense and drive carefully. That's all it takes.
Dominic JamesC324
Dominic JamesC324,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/16/2014 | 3:24:07 PM
Stay out of my apps, my phone, my wallet, etc!
I think our government needs to worry about important stuff and stop trying to regulate us to death.  In a moving car, why can't a passenger use it in a moving car?  If people are using apps, phones, texting, etc while driving and harm or kill someone, PUNISH them accordingly.  We do not need government looking over our shoulder and holding our hands like children.  More government monitoring reducing our freedoms, bit by bit.
User Rank: Strategist
6/16/2014 | 3:13:14 PM
Government gnikcuf tihs up
That is exactly what we need, government gnikcuf up something good.
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