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Transportation Dept. Wants to Regulate Smartphone Maps

InformationWeek, InformationWeek
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 13:00 EDT

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Toby
Toby  
7/7/2014 6:31:07 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
An astonishing feat...
Re "Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America.". I can only say how remarkable, an astonishing feat. Coming up with an achronym that long is a notable achievement and sets the bar high for the rest of us.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
6/29/2014 5:35:21 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: Unfolding The Map
I agree that navigation systems seem to have made driving safer. How and what extent will this regulation occur?

CitySolver
CitySolver  
6/21/2014 11:54:00 AM
User Rank Blogger
Car Apps
I think the idea of regualting App use in the car is crazy. If you can stop to look at a parper map, what difference is there in stopping to look at a screen, or even voice commanding an app to redirect you, hardly a barrier to safety. Also I agree Terry the regualtion of private information is getting very high. Is it all to allow more profit to the big players?? There are much bigger problems to solve when it comes to safety than regualting apps!

NewDream
NewDream  
6/20/2014 1:43:16 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Regulation Buzzword Bingo
You are exactly right, Terry Sweeney. One need look no farther than the "Homeland Security" department to see "protection" run amok.

It is not a coincidence that, when businesses kicked back money to the mob to keep from getting beaten up or having their places trashed, we called it a "protection racket".

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
6/20/2014 1:41:28 PM
User Rank Blogger
Remember anonymous driving?
Quite apart from the burden of additional regulation, is anybody asking how much more oversight and control of online information the government needs?

It's now officially reached the ridiculous threshold.

Private web browsing is now a thing... how soon before private driving follows suit?

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
6/20/2014 1:31:12 PM
User Rank Blogger
Regulation Buzzword Bingo
In re NewDream's comment "I detest regulations without purpose"...

This well-intentioned proposal is using "public safety" and improved protections for drivers and pedestrians as its cover. It's a common strategy; public safety can easily be substituted for "protecting children," "disrupting terrorism," or "job creation." It sort of dares the naysayers to be against something that only portends good. 

 

NewDream
NewDream  
6/18/2014 7:35:07 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Unfolding The Map
I thought most of those apps allowed you to just store the info and have it tell you where to turn. Seems to me that should increase safety not reduce it.

I detest regulations without purpose.

Some of you may be thinking, Newdream destests all regulations whether they have purpose or not. And you might be right. But the ones without real purpose are the worst...

kq4ym
kq4ym  
6/17/2014 5:59:04 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Unfolding The Map
Of course way before electronic maps were the ungainly huge paper maps we all used to carry in our cars. Back then, we not only were often looking at maps while driving, but folding and unfolding those map puzzle pieces as well. 

Although things may be a bit more dangerous on our roadways today, what with higher speeds, and more traffic and distractions. there should be some way to measure to what extent map apps on phones and tablets are contributing to accidents before we try to figure out how to regulate their use. 

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