“As per Apple’s latest patent, it’s working on new tech that will disable some smartphone functions like texting if you’re driving”
Apple has just been awarded a patent which might just be the solution for reducing mobile phone usage related accidents. According to the patent, Apple can make a smartphone aware of its location or position in the car, and based on that info, the device can disable access to a few phone features, such as texting. The patent goes a step further by making this restriction applicable only to the person driving, and not to the passengers, by determining the user’s location within the vehicle.
The manufacturer plans to use sensors available on the device in order to monitor and determine the position of the device in the car. Based on this, the device can switch to a more driver-friendly mode, limiting access to functions that require drivers to take their eyes off the road even for a brief moment.
Whether this new technology will be adopted for the upcoming Apple iPhone or not could be a point of debate, but its usefulness can’t be doubted at all, and we hope we get to see it become mainstream soon. Apart from Apple, other device manufacturers should also rely on use of such technology that prevents access of mobile devices while driving, that too without the use of additional locking docks or any additional hardware along with the device.
The technology behind the patent is quite simple and interesting at the same time. The cell phone with its onboard sensors like accelerometer and GPS would be able to determine speed, while another sensor called Scenery Analyzer can ascertain the device’s position in the vehicle. Basis that information, the cell phone would enable or disable access to functions on the device while driving.
According to the patent listing “The lock-out mechanisms disable the ability of a handheld computing device to perform certain functions, such as texting, while one is driving. In one embodiment, a handheld computing device can provide a lock-out mechanism without requiring any modifications or additions to a vehicle by using a motion analyzer, a scenery analyzer and a lock-out mechanism. In other embodiments, the handheld computing device can provide a lock-out mechanism with modifications or additions to the vehicle, including the use of signals transmitted by the vehicle or by the vehicle key when engaged with the vehicle.”