The use of mobile phones whilst driving has became a modern culture and addiction in the UK despite being illegal both whilst driving and stopped at junctions and lights. Even with the fixed penalty of 3 points on their license and £100 fine, drivers still take the risk to fulfil their smartphone obsession. Statistics show that the use of mobile phones whilst driving decrease your reaction speed by 35% and increase the likelihood of a crash by 23 times, yet people still do it.
New technology has been proposed by Apple who plan to create a ‘Lock Out’ system which prevents smartphone users from using any functions on their phone whilst driving. This idea has been developed as a potential patent in order to address mobile phone usage and reduce related vehicle accidents. Similar attempts to disable and limit distracting features on smartphones have been attempted in the past however Apple have been able to due to restrictions and app control.
The ‘Lock Out’ is intended to be an additional feature to the Apple CarPlay which allows users to play music through their phones and answer their phones as a hands free device, however if produced, this software will block all calls and texts whilst allowing only voice control activation to control limited features of the phone.
There is great debate as to whether the new Apple software will work as it is believed that distractions will still be there, however others argue that the only way to remove all distractions is to just turn it off.