Apple Aims To Stop Texting and Driving

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The US Patent and Trademark Office announced that Apple received a patent called “Driver handheld computer device lock-out” which proposes several different ways which Apple can cut off texting while driving CNET reported.

 

The patent includes function such as a mechanism to disable one or more functions for a short period of time, or once the phone is placed in a safe place inside the vehicle such as not in the driver’s seat according to PC Mag. They could use this by getting signals from a car which will input blocking signals if the person is in the driver’s seat according to Latin Post.

 

The patent also describes how a device could determine if it was moving by looking at data from GPS, phone towers or even images from the camera. Visual clues would enable the device to calculate if its owner was driving the car or merely a passenger. The phone could use algorithms to look for a steering wheel from the cameras of the phone or search for the number of faces. Seeing one person would make the phone assume that the person must be driving according to The Telegraph.

 

Texting while driving is a serious issue which has been shown to slow driver reaction times by 35% and increase the likely hood of a crash by 23 times for commercial drivers according to Brake, the road safety charity according to The Guardian.

 

“As a market leader, Apple could have the power to change the culture behind texting and driving, if it works and is intuitive; that would be a very good step,” said Paul Watters, head of motoring policy for the AA reported Business Insider