iPhone SDK Agreement Prohibits "Real-Time Route Guidance" and Saving Lives

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It looks like hopes for a more robust GPS app for the iPhone 3G, with say, voice turn-by-turn navigation-or just a different way of doing things-might be well and dashed. The SDK agreement has a curious little clause that would seem to ban TomTom (or anyone else) from working their GPS magic:

"Applications may not be designed or marketed for real time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or life-saving purposes."

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The possibility of no new GPS wares is disconcerting-banning remotely controlling vehicles or robots is downright disturbing. And why don't they want app makers to save lives? Does this mean your iPhone would explode if you built an app for a GPS-guided, remote-controlled robot that saves lives? [BBG]

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@Jones91:

Not all people want this. I think it would be nice to have, but would never pay what companies like TomTom would charge for the software/maps, which would be hundreds of dollars. The current map app will work just fine for the majority of users.

Get your facts straight man. Verizon is horrible outside the US (less than 30 countries outside of North America where you can actually use your CDMA Verizon phone). GSM phones, however, work in over a hundred different countries. Verizon does have the best rural coverage in the US though.