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Preventing smart phones from being used while driving
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January 17, 2017
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It's a real problem here in the United States - and I'd guess the rest of the world.

People insist on talking - or much worse, texting - while they're driving. The accident rate for cars has gone up in the last several years because of this.

Also, if people aren't texting on their smart phones they're doing it on their tablets, apparently.

There is a case heading for a lawsuit now. A driver was Facetiming on his iPad while driving, got into an accident, and killed some people. The family of the people who died are suing Apple because they didn't design Facetime so it wouldn't be used while someone was driving.

How is that even possible?

Next thing you know, families will be suing the inventors of the Texting service for not making sure it couldn't be used while a car was in motion!

The point is that individual responsibility is individual responsibility. It is not Apple's fault if some idiot Facetimes while driving! But since Apple is a billion dollar company, lawyers are eager to take on the case because they know they will make a fortune whether or not their clients win or lose.

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I have my doubts whether Apple is the guilty part in this story, naturally the company has an aggressive marketing strategy, it sells good and it`s attractive for millions of users, but I think it`s too much

I would raise another question: what if the driver forgot that he also had responsibility on the road and not only rights? I think authorities as police should punish more severely the neglected driving style, rather than blaming a manufacturer

I am also a driver, I am tempted everyday to pickup the phone or tablet and see what`s happening, but I know that I have to stop nearby and check it, not during driving

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February 2, 2017
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Costin said
I would raise another question: what if the driver forgot that he also had responsibility on the road and not only rights? I think authorities as police should punish more severely the neglected driving style, rather than blaming a manufacturer

That is the common sense answer, isn't it?  Personal responsibility!

Unfortunately, in the United States at least, people will sue companies because they have the "bigger pockets" and equally unfortunately the juries will award these people million dollar judgements against the company just because they can, I guess.

Being a lawyer in the United States is very lucrative! Normally in a lawsuit I think they get about 50% of whatever the judgment against the company is and the company will frequently settle because it's cheaper to do that than to pay lawyers exorbitant fees, so it's a vicious circle, with the lawyers always winning!

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Probably, we have different mentalities, which is normal, as we live in different cultural areas. Here, in Europe this type of cases aren`t very frequent, generally companies or authorities sue each other, in order to solve flaws remarked by individuals

Anyhow, this trial would be a long one, I don`t see any company in this world to be so eager to pay serious money at the first appeal in the court

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