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The government may soon regulate your smartphone map apps

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking a stance on the way drivers use navigation tools like Google Maps

Getting driving directions from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation systems in many cars, but these apps are also potentially dangerous as they can distract a driver, just like texting while driving. The dominant companies in the field are Google and Apple, which have made maps a central part of their smartphones — not only for navigation but also as a way to gather data for their search functions and apps.

In fact, The New York Times reported that in California, Steven Spriggs received a $165 ticket two years ago for using his iPhone while driving in stop-and-go traffic. A highway patrol officer rolled up alongside his car after seeing the glow from the screen on Spriggs’s face.

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Amanda Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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