Using Maps app now illegal while driving in California?

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  1. firewood macrumors 604

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    Report on a recent on a court ruling
    http://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20130405/02103822591/california-court-rules-it-illegal-to-check-maps-your-phone-while-driving.shtml?_format=full

    How well can maps current location tracking & lookup be done just using Siri?
     
  2. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

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    It only says actually using the application while driving is wrong. Nothing about setting up on your dash and driving (like a traditional GPS).

    I don't see why anybody would use a navigation app any other way. If you need to make a change, pull over.
     
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    If somehow one's mistake can't harm others I say no law, let the stupid ones go the Darwin's way.
     
  4. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    funny.....I was in California just this week and had a CHP motorbike next to me at a light while I tapped in my destination. Didn't even flinch. Won't change my behavior in the slightest. Back again for a couple more weeks too.
     
  5. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Well yeah, it's a smart law because it doesn't make it a crime to use your phone as a GPS, it makes it a crime to be interacting (i.e. setting directions, searching, etc.) while you are driving. I mean really you shouldn't be interacting with a phone (or any portable electronics) while driving. You can set the destination before you pull away. If you need to look something up, PULL OVER. It's just as dangerous as texting and driving. Haven't you seen the AT&T commercials?
     
  6. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    At a light (whilst still illegal) most likely wont bother them.

    What this is trying to prevent is people fiddling with it at 70mph.
     
  7. maricc macrumors regular

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    Can you not see how fiddling with your phone while driving can hurt others?
     
  8. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    wait, what?

    Because it's not like they could hit a completely innocent and safe person and kill them....:rolleyes:
     
  9. typeadam macrumors regular

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    I haven't read the article but I'd wager that having it set up like a regular nav unit on your dash is fine. As long as you're not interacting w/ it..
     
  10. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    likely. however, I don't find messing with it while driving any different than the built in one that's in my car. if anything it's easier to do.
     

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