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Apple Announces New Technology to Safeguard Against Distracted Driving

Posted on the 27 May 2014 by Webforjason

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With more and more laws being passed prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving, smart phone developers are adapting their devices. Among these developments is the news that Apple is blocking texting while driving.

At a leader in the smart phone market, Apple was one of the first to release technology disabling communication apps while driving. This month, Apple revealed a program that automatically shuts off phone texting capabilities when the user is driving. The program is designed to help decrease the potential for phone related traffic accidents.

New Features

In an effort to support hands free phone use, and in cooperation with Apple, many cars are now incorporating technologies designed to sync with smart phones. Apple Car Play and Siri Eyes Free are two of these programs, and as a result, Apple has put focus on boosting their car-friendly technology.

Although most of their hands-free perks have been designed for future operating systems, development began long before the latest iOS 7 release. Under the United States Patent No. 8,706,143, Apples “Driver Handheld Computing Device Lock-Out” incorporates two components: one based on motion and visual input sensors and the other based on vehicle communication.

Motion and Visual Sensors

The first of these components is designed to detect speed and disable the device accordingly.

By receiving signals from an onboard motion analyzer, the future Apple devices will be able to monitor speed, and when certain thresholds are met, determine whether the user is walking, running, or riding in a moving vehicle.

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