Government guidelines aim to regulate drivers’ use of map apps behind the wheel

Apps, like Google Maps, Apple Maps or Waze, are a grey area when it comes to varying state laws
Government guidelines aim to regulate drivers' use of map apps behind the wheel

by Louise Boyle | Daily Mail | June 17, 2014


Drivers who use smartphone apps for directions as a cheaper method than costly sat-nav systems could soon find themselves at odds with government guidelines.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to regulate navigation aids of all kinds in cars including those that can be used on phones with a set of voluntary guidelines.

Apps, like Google Maps, Apple Maps or Waze, are a grey area when it comes to varying state laws banning the use of making calls or texting on cellphones while driving.

The Department of Transport is proposing a set of guidelines to curb the use of distracting apps, including those which cause directions, on smartphones but sources question whether they will be effective

As part of the Grow America Act announced last month, the Obama administration laid out plans to increase safety across all modes of transport.

The measures would specify that authorities can restrict the use of apps – and bring in stricter rules – if they seem dangerous.

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