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Apple could turn off your Apps when you are driving!?

Information from The National Law Review claims that a class action lawsuit was recently filed in LA Superior Court against smartphone giant Apple.  The lawsuit is seeking to hold Apple liable for different auto accidents that happened when drivers were distracted by their app on their iPhones.

Lawsuit claims

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are asking that the court issue an injunction against Apple to prevent it from selling any new iPhone 6 phones in CA without the company first installing a safety lock feature.  The feature stops people from texting while they drive, and Apple has apparently had the technology for the safety feature since 2008.  They’ve had the patent for the feature since 2014 but have not installed it.  The lawsuit is also asking that Apple is ordered to update phones that people have already purchased to add the feature to them.

The lead plaintiff of the lawsuit was rear-ended when she was stopped at a stoplight by a driver who was on her iPhone at the time. Another lawsuit was also filed against Apple a month earlier in Santa Clara County Superior Court. In that case, a family is suing Apple and asking that it is ordered to install the safety feature. Their 5-year-old daughter was killed when a 20-year-old man who was using Facetime rear-ended the family’s car.

Distracted driving is a huge public health and safety issue. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that as many as 1.5 million people are texting and driving each moment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that texting and driving is six times more dangerous than drunk driving is. In 2014, the National Safety Council said that texting while driving accounts for 26 percent of all car accidents that happen in the U.S.

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