Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Distracted Drivers
We all Know That Technology Is Here To Stay.
But as technology continues to become the center piece of our lives, we must be cautious about how much we rely on it.
The technology of the crosswalk allows safe passage across the street. As time goes by, society has relied on the technology and no longer looks both ways causing the percentage of pedestrian accidents at crosswalks to sky rocket over the years.
Our safety and well-being still overshadows the freedom these technologies allow us to have.
And so we find ourselves asking the question?
Does Technology Have An Obligation To Keep Us Safe?
In California, a man who was rear-ended by a texting driver has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple. He is calling for the tech giant to enable a “lockout” feature that will stop drivers from using their phones.
This “lockout” feature can detect speed and GPS location, and would absolutely save lives. But what other problems would arise from forcing us to not receive or send important messages?
According to a news report in Fortune.com, the lawsuit alleges that Apple failed to deploy their technology that could stop drivers from texting. The report went on to blame the phone (not its user) for creating an epidemic of distracted driving and destruction on the roads.
A Forcible ‘Lockout’ Feature
Julio Ceja filed the lawsuit where he asks the judge to halt all iPhone sales in California until Apple agrees to enable their “lockout” feature ensuring motorist’s safety while driving after he was rear-ended by a texting driver.
Mr. Ceja claimed that Apple’s lockout feature is a violation of the state’s consumer protection laws and is looking to include other car accident victims to apply pressure during this lawsuit.
Ceja’s lawsuit claims that there are 52,000 car accidents in California every year as a result of iPhones and that 16 people die on U.S. roads every day due to texting and driving.
This is very similar to another lawsuit that Apple is facing involving the parent of a 5-year-old Texas who was killed by a driver that was using FaceTime right before a fatal collision.
The Solution for Distracted Driving
We agree that distracted driving is a huge problem in California, and the state has taken notice. Beginning January 1, a new law went into effect that would ban all handheld device operation including GPS devices.
This is an extension from the law that enforced no texting while driving in California that still allowed drivers to use other social media apps and messaging apps as a loop hole.
With the new law, drivers in California can no longer be on their phones for any reason UNLESS they perform handheld actions from a safely mounted phone with one tap or swipe.
Critics do not believe that the states can legislate their way out of the problem of distracted driving and that the onus should be on companies like Apple to use the technology they already have to lock drivers out of their phones when vehicles are in motion.
Others believe that simply because a company has the ability or technology to have a positive effect on the public, the government shouldn’t forcibly require that company to hold the burden of their device and instead the burden should fall on the user.
Now it’s your turn
What do you think California should do regarding this issue? Let us know in the comments below.
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