SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A new measure proposed by the Obama Administration would give federal officials the authority to set restrictions on the use of mapping and traffic apps if they are deemed to be dangerous.
We’ve talked about this before, but many of the apps are easier to use than the GPS included in some cars. The rule change proposed here is part of a transportation act that has been submitted to Congress.
The car makers comply with the government’s rules about GPS, but the app developers are on their own and can do whatever they want. I’m generally not a fan of government regulation because sometimes it’s not necessary, but I do think something needs to be done about these apps because as great as they are (believe me I use them all the time) they do present some kind of distraction and can be dangerous if people aren’t using them responsibly.