As if the combination of four-wheelers and cell phones
weren’t already dangerous enough, drivers now have a new reason to be
distracted by the ever-present devices while they’re behind the wheel.
On Tuesday, July 25, Google Inc. – best known for its Internet search
service – launched Google Maps for Mobile, a cell phone-based version of its
popular online mapping software.
According to a Google press release, users who download the program
onto their phones will not only have access to maps of the entire country –
they’ll also be able to check out real-time traffic patterns in more than 30
major U.S. cities, which will be indicated by red, yellow and green colors on
the maps, depending on the level of congestion.
While keeping drivers from getting lost – and, consequently, driving
erratically – isn’t a bad thing, the thought of four-wheelers forgoing another
one of their senses while they squint at their miniscule cell phone screens
just sounds like one more accident waiting to happen.