Apple taken to court over lack of FaceTime lockout feature

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Using any sort of video messaging system while driving is probably a really bad idea.

Distracted driving is a real problem and with new technology at our fingertips, it has only gotten worse. Apple’s FaceTime is a great tool to keep in touch with your family and friends but when it’s misused, it can be a problem. That’s what happened in Texas on Christmas Eve 2014 and that’s why Apple is being taken to court.

The driver, “distracted while using the ‘FaceTime’ application on an iPhone 6 Plus during the operation of his motor vehicle,” crashed at 65 mph into the back of a vehicle that was stationary due to traffic, the court documents say. Inside the car were Bethany and James Modisette, and their two children — Isabella and Moriah. The family sustained serious injuries, and Moriah died of her injuries in hospital. She was five years old at the time.

The lawsuit claims that Apple filed for a patent back in 2008 that would “lock out the ability of drivers to use the ‘FaceTime’ application on the Apple iPhone while using a motor vehicle.” Since the accident in question happened in 2014, the plaintiffs are accusing Apple of not implementing technology that could have prevented the user from accessing the app while driving. The plaintiffs also claim that Apple did not provide enough warning as to the dangers of using the app while driving. You can read the whole filing below, courtesy of Business Insider.

 

Of course, Apple has not commented on the matter but we didn’t expect they would comment on an ongoing court case. What do you think of this case? Do you think Apple is liable for the deaths here? Should they have had the technology implemented into their app? Or should common sense be the prevailing factor in all of this? Let us know your thoughts and comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

  Source: Business Insider
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