Can Apple Prevent Texting and Driving?

By June 26, 2017Car Accident

Phone Updates and Distracted Driving

Driving is a dangerous act that requires the driver to input a significant amount of attention to do safely. Unfortunately, texting while driving has been a concern since cell phones first came with a texting feature. Public service announcements or PSAs have long since crusaded against the hazardous habit without making much headway. However, Apple, the creators of iPhones, have begun to combat texting and driving and, perhaps, may end the habit for good.

Do Not Disturb While Driving Coming to Iphone

Apple will soon unleash their newest operating system: iOS 11. The new iOS will have a feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving.” The new feature will put the iPhone in a state where it is unable to receive incoming calls or texts while connected to a moving car with Bluetooth or a cable.

How To Prevent Texting and Driving

The phone withholds all incoming calls and texts until the vehicle comes to a stop. If you receive an incoming call or text while in a moving vehicle, the new feature may respond to who sent the call or text to inform them you are driving and are not able to answer for the moment. The function will also cause the phone’s screen not to work while the car is moving to prevent drivers from using their apps while driving. If someone in the passenger seat wants to use the phone, they will disable the feature once they can prove that they are not driving. Some driving-based apps will work while the new feature is active.

Technology to Prevent Distracted Driving

Apps that are made specifically for road usage, like Apple Maps, will still be usable, although they will have restricted access. The driver can see the map on the screen, but they cannot input or change their desired destination. Other navigation apps, will also work on the new feature, although they will be more difficult to set up. Apple CarPlay will also be available in cars that the technology to use it. Apple CarPlay is an interface system that allows drivers to hear and respond to a text with their voice. A driver will not have to take his or her eyes off the road to reply, so the speech to text software allows them to reply safely. Cars that are equipped with Apple CarPlay have a screen in the car to control the system. The screen is often easy to see, so the driver may look at it to find the input he or she wants, and then they can immediately return their concentration to driving. Many automobile manufacturers create vehicles that come equipped with Apple CarPlay technology. A few of the manufacturers are:

  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Fiat Chrysler
  • General Motors

Drivers consistently ignore technology like Apple CarPlay, and continue text and drive despite being given the tools to do so safely. Making their phones uncooperative is a great way to ensure that drivers are safe by forcing them to use technology to make everyone safer on the roadways.

Other ideas from responsible companies

Several companies are making an effort to solve the epidemic of texting and driving. For example, Nissan may begin equipping its cars with Faraday cages. A Faraday cage is a box that blocks electricity and radio waves. Placing one in a car would stop cell phone reception in the car, so the driver would not be able to send or receive messages, or even to make calls.

How To Stop Texting And Driving

It should come as no surprise that many companies are looking for any way they can try to stop texting and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that as many as eight people die every day in car crashes that occurred as a result of texting and driving. Many states have made texting and driving illegal, but the general population is apathetic.

Sadly, one of the most common groups of people who text and drive are young adults and teenagers. Nearly all teenagers will say they know that texting while driving is hazardous, but many still admit to doing it. That alone makes it seem that merely educating people will not be enough to stop texting and driving. That is likely the reason responsible businesses are taking matters into their own hands by attempting to cut out texting while driving.

If you have been injured by a negligent driver that you believe was texting and driving, you need an experienced personal injury attorney in Covington to receive the compensation you deserve for your damages and injuries. We are experienced car accident attorneys and specialize in personal injury cases to ensure your case gets the attention it deserves.

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