Not long ago, if you wanted directions to a city you were unfamiliar with, you had two options. The first was to use the traditional atlas you could purchase from a local store, and it was extremely difficult for most people, aside from truck drivers and seasoned road trippers, to figure out which exits they needed to take and how many miles away those exits were. The second option, which was far easier, was to print the directions off from an Internet site. However, you were in trouble with either option if there was an unexpected road or exit closing in an area you already had no clue in regards to how to navigate.
As time moved along, we were introduced to the first global positioning systems (GPS). These were practically the best thing ever invented aside from the fact that they did not have the ability to pick up on road closings on the fly in the beginning. Today, the GPS systems are beginning to get weeded out because of the fact that so many people own smartphones that allow them to download an application for a map right on their phone. Since the majority of people also have an Internet connection, these maps are also extremely high-tech. They can pick up on road and exit closings that previous GPS’ failed to do. Additionally, many of them will even allow you to pick alternative routes based on the live traffic reports it is picking up.
There is just one problem for California drivers, however. They can continue using the outdated GPS, or at least that is the common interpretation, but they will no longer be allowed to use a map on their cellphone. Why? Well, there was an accident where the driver admitted to using his phone while driving, which is illegal in itself in California, to check the map.
Sure, using your phone to make a call, check your social media accounts or text messages is probably not the smartest idea. However, many people believe the California judge’s ruling regarding it being illegal to use a cell phone to look at the GPS app is a little outlandish. They say that it is not like they are having to put a lot of thought into what they are going to say to the map as they would when conversing with another person.
What do you think?