Cell Phone GPS Apps Under Fire for Distracting Drivers
Are "Turn Lefts" and "Recalculating" as Dangerous as Texting?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking for strict regulation of smartphone navigation apps after making the claim that they are just as harmful to drivers as texting while driving.
After a driver in California successfully fought a ticket he received for using his phone as a navigator, the Department of Transportation and NHTSA are looking for more black-and-white rules about apps people can use while operating a vehicle. Application developers are pushing back, saying that the resources they need to create software without any manual interaction are simply out of reach – to them, bans on these apps would severely damage their business.
NHTSA is encouraging automakers to build the technology into dashboard computers. These would take significantly less interaction, allowing the driver to keep more attention on the road when navigating.
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Source: "DOT: Navigation behind the wheel just as dangerous as texting." CBS News. June 27, 2014.