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Possible GPS regulations in the future

GPS has made it easier than ever to find your way from point A to B.
Most drivers have a navigator either on their phone, or built right into the car.

A study by Nationwide Insurance four years ago found that a third of drivers who use their phone while driving are using a GPS app.

It used to be that to get somewhere, you had to spread out and deal with an atlas.

Now, a phone can find it for you.

The Transportation Department says that like texting while driving, this could lead to more distracted driving.

GPS user Corey Henry says, "it's easier. It's the same reason anyone uses any new technology: Instant gratification. You don't have to think about it. You just plug in where you're going and it tells you where to go".

With GPS technology available on handheld devices like smartphones, it's become more simple to use while on the go.
This might be changing for drivers.
The Transportation Department has placed a measure into President Obama's Transportation Bill that would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the ability to set restrictions on GPS apps, and order changes if it deems them dangerous in the future.

"The buttons aren't user friendly for some folks, some folks don't have them memorized as far as the apps that are available on their phones, so you can easily be distracted by them", says Fred Javier.

Most drivers say they understand the thought, but feel like overregulation is a possibility.

Corey Henry adds, "it should be up to the police officer's discretion whether he's breaking the law or not. It's a case by case thing, you can't do a blanket thing on it".

Others said much like texting, regulation won't stop people from using the technology.

Fred Javier says, "you can regulate it all you want. I mean, people aren't going to be happy about it, but you know, they're going to keep using it."

So far the Transportation Department has made no legal efforts to regulate the use of handheld GPS.