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Apple is developing technology to help curb distracted driving. The tech giant filed a patent on technology which would make it impossible for iPhone owners to use certain functions while behind the wheel.

The patent published Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes a lock-out system that could detect when a user is driving using sensors in the phone or by pulling information while the phone is connected to a car. While a car is in motion the program would disable certain functions, such as text messaging. Currently, five automakers will feature Apple's CarPlay system in 2014 models, including Ferrari and Volvo. Twelve more automakers are working closely with Apple to bring CarPlay technology into their future vehicles.

"As a market leader, Apple could have the power to change the culture behind texting and driving, if it works and is intuitive; that would be a very good step," Paul Watters, head of policy for the AA, a U.K. based motoring organization, told Business Insider.

Distracted driving is a major public health threat and menace on our roadways. Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found distraction-related traffic accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012. That accounts for approximately 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. The number of people injured in distraction-related accidents climbed 9 percent last year to 421,000 Americans, according to NHTSA.



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      • 11 Months Ago
      I do want to make a comment on this no one seems to be thinking about. If you are in a car accident and it registers you are still 'driving' it might not be possible to call for help on the cell phone or text for help. That is the only reason I don't think this is a good idea. I am all for responsible behavior but it's really simple, just turn the phone off while you're driving.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sucks for passengers. Lets just outlaw all automobiles and then there will be no texting and driving or auto accidents.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Since I have a teen who will be drving in a few years, it sounds good, but I want the phone to work in case of an accident, as well.
      • 11 Months Ago
      I agree with Sunshine's comment,if you are in an accident, it would be great if your cell phone is working.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Thank god for this, people need to stop texting behind the wheel, it's ridiculous and stupid
      • 11 Months Ago
      Did anyone bother reading that the New technology would block texting functions while driving. It just means no texting, not that the phone wont work. Sheesh people, read all of it before you post! IT PLAINLY STATES - While a car is in motion the program would disable certain functions, such as text messaging. It mentions NOTHING about disabling the phone all together!
      • 11 Months Ago
      In light of Sunshine's comment, mine's going to sound a little meh, but what about those who ride public transit? They'll be moving at the same speed or passengers. Are these people going to be treated as drivers?