Apr 28 2014, 8:48am CDT | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Apple has already attempted to make it easier on users by introducing in dash electronic devices, but now they are going to take that one step further and install devices that will stop you from sending messages while in motion.
Apple has filed a patent now that will use sensors to calculate the speed of the vehicle as well as the location of the person in the car, and block messaging applications without affecting those who aren’t actually the driver. For many people, this is important because laws have so far not been successful in blocking it and it is notoriously hard to detect.
This “lockout mechanism” will help make cars and roads safer through the speed detection device as well as a technology that would block out cell phone signals that are trying to enter the vehicle. This is being hailed as having the “power to change the culture behind texting and driving,” something that not many companies have been able to handle.
Charities that handle these kinds of situations say that texting makes crashes 23 times as likely. This puts everyone in danger, not only the person driving the car, though, which is why this is such an important thing to control properly. Should Apple succeed in implementing these kinds of things, it is only a matter of time before the rest of the major tech companies jump on board as well.
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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