Apple Plans to Block Drivers with iPhones From Texting

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CNET France is reporting that Apple has developed a patent and plans that will allow the iPhone to block a user from texting while driving.


There are numerous technical problems that arise when attempting to block a person from texting while driving. He may be in the passenger or in the back seat. She may be on a bus or train, so swift movement is not the only metric. A driver who pulls over and stops, but remains behind the wheel, expects to be able to send a text message.

CNET in France is reporting that Apple intends to launch a technology that uses the iPhone's iSight camera to analyze the surroundings and landscape to determine if the person is behind the wheel of a [presumably] moving car. (GPS could also determine if the car is moving.)

The Google translation from the French, with some minor edits, is as follows:

Apple wants to strengthen its presence in the automobile. We have seen in recent weeks with the launch of its connectivity system Carplay, to take advantage of the iPhone applicationsde on the screen of a car.

With this type of integration, the Apple brand intends to make use of the safest driver phone. And for those who would not join it, it reflected a very effective approach outright distracting functions break.

The operation of this device is described in a patent which explains why it would lock mechanisms that disable some features, such as SMS, while one is driving.

The key question then remains how the phone could he detect that its owner is driving situation. The motion analysis is mentioned but it is not the only factor taken into account as this may block the phone from the passenger car, a train or a bus. The idea of ​communicating with the vehicle has been rejected by Apple who does not want do not want to rely on modifications on the car that would be very difficult to implement.

The technique is therefore based on an analysis of the landscape. As you type the text message, the photo sensor analyzes the environment of the phone to determine if the user is the driver's seat. A thing to know is that typing a text message while driving increases twenty-three times the probability of having an accident.


Driver texting via Shutterstock.

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typing a text message while driving increases twenty-three times the probability of having an accident.

Yet I still see young knuckleheads doing this on the freeway, when I look to see why I’m being tailgated. Perhaps the punishment should be loss of a texting finger—rather than someone else losing their life.

Lee Dronick

Yes there are lot of things that could seem like the texter is driving, as a passenger on a bus or train as well as in an auto. Perhaps as a parental control feature, though that wouldn’t stop irresponsible adults who have the passcode.

Enforcement of the California hand held call and text law is increasing, at least in this town.


Unfortunately there’s some people that just don’t get it, and they aren’t all teens either. This Vancouver driver got 26 tickets for using his cell while driving. The last time he was stopped he was not only driving while distracted, his license had been pulled so he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel at all.
I’m beginning to wonder if ibuck’s solution might be in order.

Lee Dronick

Or this guy’s solution of which I do not approve.


€1,000 fines introduced today in Ireland if caught in the act of texting.


You can’t send text messages, but you can still send iMessages and do Facetime calls!



I remember reading a study on who texts while driving, and actually more adults than teens text while driving. My guess is that, rather than making plans for a Friday night, adults are sending business texts to one another.

What I didn’t know until now was how common the practice is among truck drivers, which is beyond scary:


Hi John,
Typo in the first paragraph. Block—“iPhone to bock a user from texting “
Stopping this bad habit needs to be a number 1 priority for everyone but esp. truckers. A fully loaded semi is 80K pounds or perhaps more depending on circumstance. They cannot be stopped or corrected like a car.

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