Apple tech takes on distracted driving, blocks users from texting while behind the wheel

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  • Reply 21 of 73
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vaporland View Post

     

     

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    Given well known (and unknown) security flaws, I'm perfectly happy blocking a forward-facing camera that I never use...


    But how do you take selfies?

  • Reply 22 of 73
    lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member
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    Originally Posted by DanielSW View Post

     

    The idea is that drivers should pull over and stop before texting. Your pregnant wife just might be smart enough to do that. Idiot.


     

    I believe he was suggesting that he would not be able to receive the text from his pregnant wife while HE is driving - resulting in a significant and possibly life threatening delay in his ability to respond to her and or either get to her or get help to her. 

  • Reply 23 of 73
    danielsw wrote: »
    The idea is that drivers should pull over and stop before texting. Your pregnant wife just might be smart enough to do that. Idiot.

    And if as written the phone blocks texts and doesn't tell me that one was sent? How would I know?

    How about a doctor? Should they be I reachable because Apple decides when you can get messages?

    Before you start running your mouth, how about you read what was written? It makes you look like an idiot.
  • Reply 24 of 73
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Originally Posted by TailsToo View Post

    The day Apple implements this "feature" is the day I get rid of my iPhone.

     

    Shame your kid has to grow up with parents this foolish.

     

    Originally Posted by TailsToo View Post

    And if as written the phone blocks texts and doesn't tell me that one was sent? How would I know?

     

    There’s this little thing called CALLING A PERSON ON THE PHONE. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? I dunno, it’s sort of a new concept, invented in 1880 and all.

     

    Before you start running your mouth, how about you read what was written? It makes you look like an idiot.


     

    Yes, the people saying “how about you just call each other” are idiots and the person who can’t figure out that texting isn’t the only means of communication… isn’t. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 25 of 73
    marvfox wrote: »
    I am glad Apple is introducing this now. Maybe fewer deaths will not happen with this new technology they are producing.Texting and driving is a slow suicide for both driver and pedestrian.
  • Reply 26 of 73
    tailstoo wrote: »
    So my pregnant wife, who is due to give birth any day, would not be able to send me a text because the phone has decided that I am driving and it would therefore be unsafe?

    The day Apple implements this "feature" is the day I get rid of my iPhone.

    Just use Siri.
  • Reply 27 of 73
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,795member

    You can have Siri recite back text messages, etc. today.

     

    This proposed patent doesn't prevent incoming messages; it prevents the driver from accessing touch-based controls because he/she is driving. Voice controls are still fine.

  • Reply 28 of 73
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    Originally Posted by vaporland View Post



    Tape over the camera will defeat this dumb idea.



    Let Darwinism take it's natural course (other drivers notwithstanding).



    Is that the same black electrical tape that cab drivers use to cover the 'check engine' light on their Caprice Classics?  Ok.   The cabbies are ready!

  • Reply 29 of 73
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,864member
    I am only in favor of this if it can be easily disabled. Moreover, all texting and driving is not created equal. If someone shoots me a yes or no question while I'm on an open highway with no traffic on a bright, sunny day, I can safely respond with a quick "y" or "n" or whatnot. It's no different than using Siri, checking the GPS location on Maps, changing songs or launching the Podcast app. Is that going to be disabled too? I've never been favor of such technology.
  • Reply 30 of 73
    lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

     

    Shame your kid has to grow up with parents this foolish.

     

     

    There’s this little thing called CALLING A PERSON ON THE PHONE. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? I dunno, it’s sort of a new concept, invented in 1880 and all.

     

    Yes, the people saying “how about you just call each other” are idiots and the person who can’t figure out that texting isn’t the only means of communication… isn’t. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />


     

    Good luck with that - especially if that person is busy. 

     

    I will use text messaging as a means of communicating low priority information or when a few words are all that is needed versus an entire conversation. For example, when I left a job site the other day, I sent a text to the wife simply letter her know that "I am on my way home now" and when I arrived at home the unread message was still on her phone which she hadn't plugged in and didn't know where it was. 

     

    Calling on the phone is often subject to the vagaries of the cell service and one or both parties may be in a position where a synchronous nature of a voice call is not appropriate or necessary while the asynchronous nature of text messaging allows each party to determine when and how best to reply. 

  • Reply 31 of 73
    paul94544paul94544 Posts: 1,027member
    Really you nerds need to get laid!
  • Reply 32 of 73
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Originally Posted by lilgto64 View Post

    Good luck with that - especially if that person is busy. 


     

    I wonder what would be easier to do while in labor: screaming to your phone to call your husband and then screaming to him across the airwaves… or calmly using a keyboard to type out a text.

  • Reply 33 of 73
    sdw2001 wrote: »
    I am only in favor of this if it can be easily disabled. Moreover, all texting and driving is not created equal. If someone shoots me a yes or no question while I'm on an open highway with no traffic on a bright, sunny day, I can safely respond with a quick "y" or "n" or whatnot. It's no different than using Siri, checking the GPS location on Maps, changing songs or launching the Podcast app. Is that going to be disabled too? I've never been favor of such technology.

    I'm not in favour of you behind a steering wheel.
  • Reply 34 of 73
    imemberimember Posts: 247member
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    Originally Posted by SDW2001 View Post



     I'm on an open highway with no traffic on a bright, sunny day, I can safely respond with a quick "y" or "n" or whatnot. 

    People before they died in car accident said the exact the same thing

     

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    Originally Posted by SDW2001 View Post



    It's no different than using Siri, checking the GPS location on Maps, changing songs or launching the Podcast app. Is that going to be disabled too? I've never been favor of such technology.

    Yes it's a huge difference, my advice when your driving dont use touch controls let Siri do it for you 

  • Reply 35 of 73
    pmz wrote: »
    This completely ridiculous and I will abandoned iPhone over it if this is forced upon me with no way of Disabling.

    It's not that I need to text and drive. It's about control. Apple has no right to control such things. For that matter, human beings must stop accepting such bullahit. You so not need laws and restrictions to protect you from yourself...what you need is common sense. We need to advocate the spread of common sense and knowledge....not treat EVERYONE like idiots for the sake of a few.

    This is absolute WRONG way to handle these issues and I will protest it til the end. If Apple ever forces this upon me, I will demand they remove it or take my iPhone back and refund my money, along with all the money I've spent getting into the iPhone ecosystem.

    I’ll be only too pleased for you to abandon the iPhone; the sooner, the better.
  • Reply 36 of 73

    I think the comments to this are funny.  Also short sighted.  You can send eyes free texts via SIRI whether you are a driver or a passenger.  There is a lot of potential for this technology and we should support it.  You can still make hands free calls as well so not sure what the problem is.  The government will support this feature so might as well get used to it.

     

    Give me a valid argument as I have not seen one good one in this thread.

  • Reply 37 of 73
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    Originally Posted by pmz View Post



    This completely ridiculous and I will abandoned iPhone over it if this is forced upon me with no way of Disabling.



    It's not that I need to text and drive. It's about control. Apple has no right to control such things. For that matter, human beings must stop accepting such bullahit. You so not need laws and restrictions to protect you from yourself...what you need is common sense. We need to advocate the spread of common sense and knowledge....not treat EVERYONE like idiots for the sake of a few.



    This is absolute WRONG way to handle these issues and I will protest it til the end. If Apple ever forces this upon me, I will demand they remove it or take my iPhone back and refund my money, along with all the money I've spent getting into the iPhone ecosystem.

    While I agree with your general premise in many aspects of life (drug use for instance) I do not agree when it comes to operating a motor vehicle as that isn't to protect you from you but rather to protect "us" from "you"

     

    And even that's a slippery slope argument as where does that end...

     

    Damn nuances keep greying up my black and white.

  • Reply 38 of 73
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    Originally Posted by TechProd1gy View Post

     

    I think the comments to this are funny.  Also short sighted.  You can send eyes free texts via SIRI whether you are a driver or a passenger.  There is a lot of potential for this technology and we should support it.  You can still make hands free calls as well so not sure what the problem is.  The government will support this feature so might as well get used to it.

     

    Give me a valid argument as I have not seen one good one in this thread.


    The only valid argument is a measure of control. It is already illegal to text and drive...no need to let some third party restrict you from texting and driving.

     

    Imagine if all cars had breathalyzers installed by default...

  • Reply 39 of 73

    If this really gets implemented, which I think it won't because there's too much inference to handle, then people who would have texted will just use an app instead.

  • Reply 40 of 73
    A car came with two feet of hitting me as I crossed the street walking last week. Guess what, the driver was texting... maybe to his pregnant wife.

    Sunday evening, I was run off the road by... guess what... some numnutz texting.

    If you don't believe this is a serious problem with all the senseless deaths that have been caused, then you are an idiot. If somebody needs to contact you, they can ring the phone and you can answer on bluetooth... either OEM on your car or a visor mount. There is zero reason to be texting while driving. Zero.
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