Weeks ago, Apple was sued on accusations that its FaceTime app contributed to the highway death of a young girl in Texas. The girl’s family claims that the iPhone maker should have deployed technology to prohibit motorists from using the app.
Now there’s another lawsuit targeting Apple’s decision not to deploy a lock-out mechanism. This one—from an injured Southern California motorist—concerns locking out drivers from texting.
This lawsuit from accident victim Julio Ceja, who was rear-ended by a texting driver, does not seek any monetary damages. Instead, it demands that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge block Apple from selling iPhones in the Golden State until the devices are updated to include Apple’s patented technology to lock drivers out of their phones while driving… More at ars technica.
How would the technology know when someone is driving and when someone is a passenger?
I get that there is a mechanism to do this and that the people who would likely suffer will be those not using a phone while driving, but surely there is a point when you have to leave this things to natural selection. We cannot protect reckless people from themselves 100% of the time.