It was Julio Ceja who sued Apple after being involved in a road accident, the American wants the company to implement a preventive mechanism, already patented on iPhones. This may prevent drivers from being able to send messages or make video calls while at the wheel.
Julio Ceja, lives in Orange County, California, and there he had an accident, was stopped at a traffic light, saw a driver at speed “looking at the phone instead of watching the road”. This one ended up colliding with the back of your car.
“When the driver left the vehicle still had the iPhone in hand, scared to have caused the accident”, Ceja told The Guardian, adding that the accident caused a back injury.
According to the British newspaper, Julio Ceja is not looking for financial compensation for what happened. He is determined to force Apple to implement a security system – which is already patented – or to suspend sales of iPhone’s in California.
“The lives of every California resident is at stake because of Apple’s inability to install a locking system on their iPhones,” Ceja said.
“This is something huge for Apple,” Eric Goldman, a professor at the University of Santa Clara, told The Guardian. “This process wants to make Apple the financial guarantee of all the victims of accidents caused by a driver that was going to mess with your iPhone”.
This lawsuit was filed at the Los Angeles court on January 17, following the same lines as another court hearing in Santa Clara. In that instance, Bethany and James Modisette sued the American technology giant after a man, who allegedly was using FaceTime while driving, had jumped on his car. The daughter of the couple, only 5 years old, died in this accident.
The locking mechanism, already patented since the year 2014, should be able to detect – through sensors or the connection between the iPhone and the vehicle – that the driver is behind the wheel and thus inhibit some of the functions of the smartphone, such as the ability to send messages.
Apple has not yet introduced this feature on its mobile phones and some experts cited by The Guardian consider that the case may not go forward, as it is not clear whether the mechanism – although patented – is ready to be implemented. The British newspaper exemplifies, “How would the phone be able to distinguish between driver and passenger?”.