Apple has commenced plans to stop people texting while driving, and has filed for patents for the system.
The system would lock the iPhone’s messaging applications when the user is driving, preventing them from texting.
Sensors installed in phones would be able to detect the speed of the vehicle and work out where someone was sitting. This would allow passengers to send messages without any restrictions.
Documents filed on behalf of Apple in the US suggest they are looking to develop ‘lockout mechanisms that disable the ability of a handheld computing device to perform certain functions, such as texting, while one is driving’.