California Court Rules That You Shouldn’t Check Your Location-Apps While Driving

AndroidSo you know you are not allowed to talk or text without your hands on the wheel while driving. But in case you thought that checking Google Maps was acceptable, a Californian judge has made it clear that isn’t the case. The last month ruling by the California Appeals Court says handling a cell phone while driving, even if “solely for its map application,” is as illegal in the Golden State as holding the phone to your ear while talking. But what about using touch screen navi devices which are becoming a standard in almost every new car? It seems that for now gesture and voice control is the future.

source: CNET


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This is really going to be an interesting synergy.

Source : cnbc.com

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