The new antidote for the addiction that drivers have with text messages has been developed by Apple. It is a system that locks the text messages on an iPhone when the user gets behind the steering wheel! This is the CarPlay, a project that combats the distraction of drivers when driving and makes them not get misled by the sound of the smartphone.
So far, Apple has came to an agreement with car manufacturers, such as BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot-Citroën and Toyota, for them to include CarPlay their vehicles. More specifically, the car models will include a touch screen on the dashboard through which the user will have access to his smartphone. The system will automatically lock some features of a smartphone when it detects that the car moves at a speed exceeding 10km/h. Of course, the driver will have the opportunity to make phone calls or to operate maps via voice commands, simply activating the digital Siri of CarPlay. With this move, Apple is in position to alter the fact that many drivers get irresponsible and text even when driving, causing a great number of accidents on the road. It is an addiction of theirs that has proven to be lethal for others.
Meanwhile, the service will be able to read incoming messages or alerts out loud to the driver so he doesn’t have to take his eyes off the road. Alternatively, you automatically play the playlist of songs on your iPhone or through Spotify. Thus, the technology enthusiasts will not have the urge to use their smartphone when driving, which actually increases the probability of collision by 23 times and reduces the driver’s reaction time by 35 %. Moreover, the use of the phone in the car is illegal in many countries so this is great news to those who can’t do without their smartphones at any time.
However, according to a survey by a car insurance company, three out of ten drivers admit to having sent or read messages when driving, while at ages between 15-24 the rates are increased. It is worth mentioning that the platform will be compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.