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Apple patents technology that restricts texting while driving

Published by on May 4, 2014 in Offbeat Leave a comment

Apple Texting While Driving

Apple filed the patent application back in 2008, long before the tech giant developed projects that involved using the phone in car, such as Siri Eyes Free or Car Play. The technology that’s supposed to restrict texting while driving features a system that first detects whether the phone user is driving the car and if it’s so, it automatically turns off functions that might distract the driver.

According to Apple Insider, the innovative system is based on two main principles. First one requires that the phone is able to independently detect whether the one who uses the phone is the driver and this is made through a set of cameras and sensors that detects the exact location of the phone user. Safety zone includes the passenger’s seat and the rear seats, while the “danger zone” is represented by the driver’s seat. The system also uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS receiver and accelerometer to detect if the user is walking, running or in moving vehicle. The other important part of the system is the phone’s ability to receive information from the vehicle that will allow it to block certain functions such as texting or playing games.

Apple Texting while Driving

So far, there are no official details whether Apple will integrate this function in a future iOS version, but if this project will become a reality it will definitely bring some changes to the industry, as we might see law-makers creating new regulations to impose this system as standard. And while this might not please you too much, it will definitely make the roads safer. According to a study by Harvard’s Center for Risk Analysis, more than 3,000 people die and 330,000 are injured each year in accidents caused by texting, which replaced alcohol as the leading cause of accidents and deaths of teenage drivers.

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