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techman41973
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      04-13-2012, 12:09 AM
California changed the law on mounting a GPS unit on your windshield,
but the law still seems complicated and limits your options.

(12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted
in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest
removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner
of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag
deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door
navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm
http://www.ehow.com/about_6513133_ca...hield-law.html
http://www.ehow.com/facts_7419344_ca...locations.html

How many of you use a GPS device and mount it using a suction-cup
windshield mount? Where on the windshield do you mount your unit?
Have you ever been warned or fined by police? Thanks
 
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      04-13-2012, 12:29 AM
On Apr 12, 5:09*pm, techman41973 <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> California changed the law on mounting a GPS unit on your windshield,
> but the law still seems complicated and limits your options.
>
> (12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted
> in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest
> removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner
> of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag
> deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door
> navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.
> *http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm
> *http://www.ehow.com/about_6513133_ca...hield-law.html
> *http://www.ehow.com/facts_7419344_ca...ndow-locations....
>
> How many of you use a GPS device and mount it using a suction-cup
> windshield mount? Where on the windshield do you mount your unit?
> *Have you ever been warned or fined by police? Thanks


Doesn't seem overly complicated to me. It's just saying it has to be
down in the corner, instead of in the middle of everything like some
idjits do it. Of course, I don't have one, mine are all built in or
in my phone.

Even with all the regulations, I still wind up at stoplights where I
can't see the light from a normal seating position. I can think of
one left turn lane where there is a sign for the other direction
traffic that blocks the view of the signal. (Where the black SUV is,
if I got the link right:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=vista+...12,235.18,,0,0
)

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Paul D. DeRocco
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      04-13-2012, 04:44 AM
> "techman41973" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
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> (12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted
> in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest
> removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner
> of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag
> deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door
> navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.


What does that last clause mean? That you can only mount the device there
while you're obeying turn-by-turn directions from the device, but can't
mount it there if you simply want to be able to look at a map and find your
own way?

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Stephen H. Fischer
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      04-13-2012, 06:15 AM
Hi,

The wording says to me that only large delivery trucks will meet the
requirements. FedX, UPS, USPS ...

I have my GPS mounted below the windshield and it works well there. UMMV
(Delorme PN-60)

http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELi...?section=10095

shows the gripper mount, I found a different base that the gripper mates
with and my Van Conversion shop mounted it to a air duct.

SHF

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>> "techman41973" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
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>> (12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted
>> in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest
>> removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner
>> of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag
>> deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door
>> navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.

>
> What does that last clause mean? That you can only mount the device there
> while you're obeying turn-by-turn directions from the device, but can't
> mount it there if you simply want to be able to look at a map and find
> your own way?
>
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> Ciao, Paul D. DeRocco
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Hans-Georg Michna
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      04-14-2012, 04:36 PM
On Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:09:57 -0700 (PDT), techman41973 wrote:

>California changed the law on mounting a GPS unit on your windshield,
>but the law still seems complicated and limits your options.
>
>(12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted
>in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest
>removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner
>of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag
>deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door
>navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.
> http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm
> http://www.ehow.com/about_6513133_ca...hield-law.html
> http://www.ehow.com/facts_7419344_ca...locations.html
>
>How many of you use a GPS device and mount it using a suction-cup
>windshield mount? Where on the windshield do you mount your unit?
> Have you ever been warned or fined by police? Thanks


After early experiments with suction cup windshield mounts I now
always mount the device, typically a smartphone, in a holder
that hooks on to an air vent. This has a whole range of
advantages, so much so that attaching one to the windshield
seems like a truly bad idea.

Would that not be allowed in California?

Hans-Georg
 
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Peter Lawrence
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      04-15-2012, 04:56 AM
On 4/12/12 5:09 PM, techman41973 wrote:
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> California changed the law on mounting a GPS unit on your windshield,
> but the law still seems complicated and limits your options.


It's not complicated at all. You're allowed to mount your GPS on the lower
corner of your windshield (either side).

Of course if you're a solo driver, it doesn't really make sense to mount it
on the lower corner of the passenger side.


- Peter


 
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Holger Issle
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      04-15-2012, 12:17 PM
On Sat, 14 Apr 2012 21:56:39 -0700, Peter Lawrence wrote:

>Of course if you're a solo driver, it doesn't really make sense to mount it
>on the lower corner of the passenger side.


And the text says that a device is allowed in the lower left corner of
the windshield, given it is completely within a 5 inch range of that
corner? With other words, many combinations of flat-angled windshields
and devices are not legal, because even these are less than 5 inch
wide they will not fit in that range as the windshield is monuted flat
and the real corner can't be used.

On the other side: I was in California often enough and never had any
trouble with that.
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      04-16-2012, 03:16 PM
Who would seriously be stupid enough to mount a GPS in the middle of the windshield.
 

 
If you can't understand the picture, you probably shouldn't be under the hood of a car.
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      04-17-2012, 03:42 AM
> "Holger Issle" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
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> And the text says that a device is allowed in the lower left corner of
> the windshield, given it is completely within a 5 inch range of that
> corner? With other words, many combinations of flat-angled windshields
> and devices are not legal, because even these are less than 5 inch
> wide they will not fit in that range as the windshield is monuted flat
> and the real corner can't be used.


Simple, just mount it on the outside.

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      04-17-2012, 02:57 PM
haha good one!
 

 
If you can't understand the picture, you probably shouldn't be under the hood of a car.
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