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Apple Watch and Driving Don't Mix in the United Kingdom

On September 9th, most of the world was focused on Apple's event. At the same time the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch (not iWatch) were being presented to the media, gearheads were focused on what was happening in Affalterbach, Germany, where the Mercedes-AMG GT super coupe made its world debut.
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We've already covered everything we know at the moment about the V8 biturbo bruiser, including photo comparisons with the Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type Coupe, but what about the Apple launch? Yes, this is autoevolution and we mainly do cars, but there's something you need to know about the new wearable gadget launched two days ago by the Cupertino-based information technology company.

As it happens, the Apple Watch has already been flagged by the British Department for Transport as being illegal to use when you find yourself behind the wheel. The DfT informs that wearing the thing when you're driving is just as wrong as texting or talking on your mobile phone. But wait, one's just a watch while the other is a mobile phone, so why all the fuss? Well, the Apple Watch lets users do stuff like checking texts, make calls and even go on the world wide web to watch cat videos on YouTube, so it's virtually a miniature smarthpone, or so says the United Kingdom's Department for Transport.

Current British driving regulations are relevant enough to cover the Apple Watch as a device that can distract the driver's attention while driving. In other words, if the rozzers catch you operating such a device while driving, prepare to pay a fixed penalty of £100 and also get three penalty points. If the most extreme of cases, law enforcers can disqualify the motorist from driving, in addition to a £1,000 fine.

Editor's note: Bluetooth hands-free headsets are still the way to go when behind the steering wheel.

 
 
 
 
 

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