This sounds like it would exclude higher-end head units that can display images or have visualizations...
Never might higher-end "all-in-one" units like Pioneer's AVIC series and comparable models.
If this bill passes, it could possibly mean that developers like those who are writing Centrafuse, StreetDeck and Roadrunn ( as well as others) could have liability issues if their product is installed in a vehicle.
I read the text of the bill... (Link)
Basically, a display screen is legal if it is GPS navigation, Vehicle tracking, collision avoidance (rear-view camera, for example), or vehicle information (OBD guages).
No CD or mp3 controls.
No control of comfort devices (power windows, air suspension, etc.).
I can even see your PC being illegal if it displays music track information on the GPS screen, as the wording is pretty specific about the screen being ONLY for GPS navigation or one of the other functions.
Of course this would make for other devices such as TomTom GO 730 or Garmin nüvi® 770, as they have the capability of playing mp3 files in addition to the GPS Navigation function.
I can see these manufacturers pushing to get this bill killed, as it would make some of their product line illegal in Ontario.
What sucks that Police, ambulance and fire vehicle operators are exepmpt AND the minister can decide who is or is not exempt!
Sorry, but this sounds really shady. What's to keep the Minister from saying his son is exempt if he gets stopped for texting & driving?
That right there is one big humongous loophole that should (hopefully) get this bill destroyed in short order.