The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular wonders of the smartphone era. Its sleek design, easy to use touchscreen, and buffet of useful apps almost make it a modern necessity. Unfortunately, that usefulness has also made it the center of many distracted driving incidents. Worse yet, Apple may have had the technology to stop some of these incidents from happening, but it never used this safety technology.
Was This Distracted Driving Crash Preventable?
FaceTime is a feature on iPhones that allow you to see real-time video of the person you are talking to on the phone. It is a popular iPhone feature, and it was being used by a 20-year-old when he slammed into a family’s car.
It happened on Christmas Eve 2014, a family of four was rear-ended by another vehicle as they slowed down for traffic. The other vehicle hit them at 65 mph, and the resulting crash fatally injured the family’s 5-year-old daughter, and sent the rest of the family to the, hospital.
Under normal circumstances, the fault for a distracted driving crash like this would fall entirely on the driver. However, after doing some research, the family discovered that Apple could have prevented the accident that took their daughter’s life.
How Could Apple Have Prevented Distracted Driving Crashes?
In 2008, Apple filed a patent for technology that could have locked out FaceTime when iPhone users are driving. This technology has yet to be installed in any of the company’s iPhone products, even though the patent was approved.
This discovery has led the family to file a lawsuit against the tech giant. They say that Apple’s technology could have prevented this crash and others. However, the company did nothing when the solution was readily available to it. Now this family seeks damages, medical expenses and other remunerations for their suffering.
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