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Transportation Dept. Wants To Regulate Smartphone Maps
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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.
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.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/16/2014 | 5:25:40 PM
Re: Government gnikcuf tihs up
This is really silly and far over reaching. The government should spend time protecting our privacy from marketing companys and itself before going after this. This is such a waste of time. 
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: 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.
Tom Mariner
Tom Mariner,
User Rank: Strategist
6/16/2014 | 5:28:02 PM
A big dent in freedom
"Carmakers support the new measures to a degree, but technology companies do not." Carmakers can force you to buy a $5,000 "technology package" to get their ineffective nav system -- gee, wonder why they support the government's possible ban of anything from a smartphone in a car?

I knew that with the yahoos in government in California and our President trying to act like Jimmy "55 mph" Carter, we would get here really quickly. We have so few techies in Congress that these idiots believe that listening to a nav app is equivalent to texting!

After they strip you of your right to navigate, next will be the entertainment system. Do you think the car guys are going to pass up the opportunity to force you to pay for Pandora, etc. including a cellular connection built in? if you want to change a station, you are going to have to pull over to the side of the road -- just like you now do for your AM or FM station -- wait, we don't have to do that.

Or pull to the side to touch a screen of the nav system to select an alternate route, just like you do with your climate control -- wait, we don't have to do that either!

And your freedom will fly away on the wings of "safety". Wait, it gets better, this new Federal Regulation, not only steals a right reserved to your state government, but the fantastically expensive new bureau, packed with party bosses will cost you big additional taxes!
User Rank: Apprentice
6/16/2014 | 6:00:41 PM
Good idea
Good idea....I've seen too many people driving and texting/data entering while driving.    It's an accident waiting to happen.   If they want to find out how to get to point "A", then enter the information BEFORE you get behind the wheel, not during.
User Rank: Ninja
6/17/2014 | 12:20:04 AM
Re: Good idea
Exactly right. If the federal government can mandate that the states have to either brand you as a "criminal" for drinking 3 beers or lose highway funding, how about some protection from the self-absorbed drivers who devote far more attention to their smart phones than they to me, and to everyone else who is just trying to get across the road in one piece.
IW Pick
User Rank: Apprentice
6/16/2014 | 8:15:02 PM
What Prompted This?
Generally the government doesn't get involved with things like this without prompting from entities who have complained.  What lobby group is being vocal about the need to "get control" of mobile device navigation solutions?  Is it the traditional competitors in this space (TomTom, Garmin, etc.)?  Is it a group of motivated individuals who had the misfortune to be misguided and harmed by using them?
User Rank: Apprentice
6/16/2014 | 9:48:18 PM
Are you kidding me?
Um, how about no.
User Rank: Strategist
6/17/2014 | 11:20:36 AM
Safer than a paper map
I've been guilty of fumbling with a paper map (or a printout from a mapping program) while driving down the road. At least the GPS on my phone talks to me, and an in-dashboard system (which I don't own and have only used in rentals) would be even better.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/17/2014 | 11:56:40 AM
Auto Makers Lobby your smart phone out of driving.
Always follow the money trail. Nothing happens but for it.


Thank you poster who proposed that the reason behind Federal Goverment oversite of driving applications is based Automobile makers wanting to shove $5000 tech packages into your purchase because you have no other choice. I didn't buy a tech package in my last SUV purschase for the primary reason that it cannot be accessed while driving. My smart phone does the job better and is ready when I need it. The last time I used a built in navigation was on a borrowed car and I remember cursing as I put the car into "park" on a dangerous roadway to be able to access the navigation. The poster who talked of preforming the task before leaving I would assume never really goes anywhere. Sir/Madam, have you ever been redirected mid route because say, Tommy got sick and Mary took him home in a cab but Jim still wants to meet at a resturant, but not the same as planned. That my friends is a taste of real life.


This is clearly an attack on Google maps by a group who has a money interest in hobbling Googles sucesss. I pray Google stands up for themselves and the users. There are more players than Google in this story but who would argue Google's lead.
NJ Mike
NJ Mike,
User Rank: Moderator
6/20/2014 | 11:49:24 AM
Last thing we need
Hey government, stay off of my smartphone.  If a map application doesn't work or is inaccurate, I will decide to get a new one.  I don't need you adding to the cost of it.
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