Apple announced it has developed a new technology for its flagship iPhone product that will automatically disable texting features while the phone senses that its owner is driving. The goal of the technology is to prevent accidents as the result of distracted driving.
The technology appears to work in two ways. If you’re driving a car enabled with Apple products such as Siri Eyes Free, the anti-texting technology can figure out where the phone is at in the car and will disable distracted-driving features, including texting, if it determines you’re in the driver seat. If you’re not using an Apple enabled vehicle, the iPhone will use its GPS, accelerometer, and could even take pictures to determine where you’re located if you’re in a moving vehicle, and disable texting appropriately.
Apple first filed for the patent in 2008 and was issued patent number 8,706,143 today, April 22nd. The details of the patent can be found here.
Distracted driving is a documented major factor in about 1 in 5 auto accidents. The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker wants to remind everyone that texting while driving is not only illegal, but incredibly dangerous, increasing the risk of an accident by a factor of 23.