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    The Legalities of LCD?

    Anyone know what the legalities are surrounding LCD displays?

    I've read on another post that it's ok to have your TFT monitor running while you are driving, so long as it is showing GPS navigation information. But if that's the case, what about all these in car video systems for your passengers to watch movies as you drive - are they legal to have running while you are driving?

    Or is it just a case of hiding the monitor if you get pulled over?

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    That really depends where you live... However I have noticed that all in-car video systems are for back-seat use only, I haven't seen any that have front seat viewing abilities.

    I haven't heard of any laws over here though. I think it's too new a technology and not nearly widely used enough to be anywhere near the law books yet. They're still arguing about what to do about cellphones over here
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    In the UK, which may also be in Ireland, you can have LCD in the car as long as any that are in the drivers sight display only navigation, or vehicle control information whilst moving. Therefore, when the vehicle is stationary that same display may also be used for video, but it must not be able to display video whilst the vehicle is moving. Normally the handbrake switch is used to indicate to commercial systems when the car is not moving.

    Your passangers can do whatever they like, so headrest LCD's showing video are perfectly legal.
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    Well I'm in the north of ireland so our road laws will be similar if not the same as great britain.

    I'm still only starting out on my project (hurry up Via and release that m9000 board!) but I like the idea of a touchscreen in my dash... if I'm not going to have a head unit and put an LCD in there instead I wonder if I could get away with it...?

    If not, I think I'll look into hiding the LCD in the dash and motorising it (there's another interesting thread about that somewhere here - don't think anyone has done it yet though...)

    Or failing that - put something into my software to switch to GPS or something - like one of those "Boss is coming" buttons that you see in games that get passed around (I'm a software developer so shouldn't be hard to do...)

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    Hi ,
    I come from Germany , and I was told here by Police that using a TFT in car would be ok since i do not :
    - watch moving content on it like TV , Movies - so winamp and GPS for example would be ok .

    For a sepctrum analyzer you could argue that on most car stereo head units thers also such " fun stuff " .

    Felix

    P:S: I added a litle swich betweeen my front seats and when Police is coming I simply switch the screen off . the switch is discrete and Police officers wouldn't see me switching tft off
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    I was pulled over a couple of times with my Alpine screen out. Cops never said anything about it. One asked me where he could get one but that's about it.
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    From what I've seen and heard, the laws around Maryland are against full-motion video in the view of the driver. It isn't necessarily the screen, but rather, the type of information being displayed while the vehicle is in motion.

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    Depends on where you are. Most states forbid TV's viewable from the drivers position, however the laws dont keep upto date with technologies. I cant watch TV, but I can watch a DVD and still be within the law. Odds are you get a ticket either way, and you would have to fight it.

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    this has been discussed a lot before. Pretty much its illegal to have motion video be viewable by the driver while the car is out of park.

    It depends on the cop. I know a lot of NY state troopers and they wouldn't care.. it might turn the table if you get pulled over for speeding if they give you a ticket or not.
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    Originally posted by hijinks21

    It depends on the cop. it might turn the table if you get pulled over for speeding if they give you a ticket or not.
    Although lots of yes sir, no sir, sorry sir, tends to help also. Treat me like a carpet, just dont give me any points on my license

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