California Judge Bans Access of Maps on Smartphones While Driving

Before the age of GPS, traveling to unfamiliar places was so difficult. When Global Positioning Systems were introduced, it made traveling more easier and convenient. But when smartphones came with internet and maps were so easily accessed, seasoned travellers and truck drivers were so much more easier. GPS doesn’t have the ability to pickup closed roads on the fly, unlike the maps on smartphones using internet, it picks up the latest road closings and exist to be used for more convenient traveling and avoiding heavy traffics.

But this technology is not a good news to all drivers. Car owners in California might just bump in a problem if they use their smartphones and internet in their cars while accessing maps. Though they can continue using the old GPS units but not with the maps on smartphones anymore. And the reason why is that there is an accident where the driver admits that he is using his smartphone accessing the maps while driving. Phone calls and texting is already banned in California but this doesn’t exclude checking the maps. The banning includes every activities inside the vehicle with a smartphone.

Banning of checking social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter, or email makes sense and probably not a good idea while driving. But people in California believes that this ruling of the judge, banning the access of maps in the cars is something like, radical. This ruling received a lot of complains from the citizen but they couldn’t do anything about it since it has been implemented.

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One comment

  1. April 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I have a 4th gen iPod Touch and I want to get Google Maps on it but I can’t seem to find it anywhere except for on the Safari app online..

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