Disabling tech by speed


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Texas couple whose 5-year-old daughter died in a crash involving a driver who was allegedly using Apple’s FaceTime video chatting app is suing the tech company.

The lawsuit filed this month in Santa Clara Superior Court accuses Apple of not implementing iPhone features that would automatically disable FaceTime based on technology that calculates highway speeds… More at AP.

I can’t imagine the grief they are experiencing, but if this is successful it would have to apply to phones, eBook readers, TVs and everything else.

Categories: Tech News

5 replies

  1. Why not just sue for providing a distracting device? I’d love to know if this is their idea or a lawyer’s.

  2. My speedometer on my phone is distracting, though it subtly tells me when I’m over the speed limit. Google maps is distracting, could they disable the people with me in the car? They can be distracting too. My rear view mirror distracts me, as do various billboards on the road. Those white lines flashing by one by one, two, three four… VERY distracting! Maybe there’s a time and a place to Facetime, and if you do decide to do it on the go, use hands free, and keep your eyes on the road. I don’t even like being in a car when someone is driving and they feel the need to look at me when we’re chatting. It’s not the time to be looking at me. Focus on the damn road please! I often have to tell my daughter to repeat something, because we just passed a busy round about, and at that point I tune out and concentrate on what I’m doing.

    • I don’t know about British TV, but if I looked at my passenger as much as drivers do in American TV shows, I doubt I’d be here to be commenting on it. Bad example. Maybe I should sue the networks and studios for being a bad influence.

  3. Too right Bob, they’re the ones to blame! 😂😂😂

  4. tough to know if it’s the driver or a passenger.

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