U.S. Gov. Won't Block Cell Phone Use in Cars
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the Department of Transportation will not endorse the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that all cell phone use by drivers of automobiles be banned. The NTSB believes that even hands-free use of cell phones in cars needs to be prohibited for safety reasons, and earlier this month asked U.S. states to create the appropriate laws. The Department of Transportation can set policy, but the NTSB cannot. LaHood said hands-free calling "is not the big problem in America. If other people want to work on hands-free, so be it." LaHood's stance is a win for the auto and cellular industries.
Google Maps Will Now Tell You When to Get Off Your Bus or Train
Google has updated Maps for Android with a new feature meant to ensure people don't miss their stop when using public transportation, such as buses or trains. Google says the new tool supplies not only departure times and ETAs, but it can also alert people when it is time to get off a bus or train in order to make a transfer or arrive at their destination.
NYC Adopts App-Based Parking Payments
New York City this week made it possible to pay for parking via smartphone. ParkNYC is an app that motorists can use to register their car with the NYC parking system and make payments for parking spots in midtown Manhattan.
Gov't Revives Possibility of Voice Calls On Planes
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday proposed rules that could eventually pave the way for making voice calls on airplanes.
Google Testing Hands Free Mobile Payments
Google today announced a new pilot program that will allow people to pay for goods and services without taking their phone out of their pocket. Hands Free Payments relies on location data, WiFi, Bluetooth beacons, and other sensors to detect nearby participating stores.
Common Sense Made Here.
In speaking with many Police Officers, the main concern with cellphones, is texting. It is becoming more and more prevalent that accidents are being caused by this epidemic. Drunk driving is now close second in causes.
Now, Voice calling "without" a Bluetooth is a problem because vision is hampered by arms and hands being held up to the ear blocking the view. So, in response to LaHood's statement, Using a Bluetooth has proved to significantly lower the incident rate considerably. Both hands are on the wheel and vision isn't blocked.
No one likes rules and laws set in place, however, if innocent lives are removed from existence due to negligence from oth...
I remember a customer several years ago asking what the best phone for texting while driving was. When I said there was no such thing, and doing so was too dangerous, she got mad at me. That was a sale I did not mind losing.
Correct, problem is they lumped texting in with talking. Two different things, two different problems.
i'm suprise some got brain!!