With the proliferation of smartphones and notifications, use while driving has multiplied, thus also increasing the risk of an accident. Apple is aware of this problem and has just patented a system that would avoid using the phone while driving .
The registered patent would be based on security thresholds when being inside a moving car, that is, the phone would detect by means of the GPS that we are going in a car and would analyze by means of image processing obtained with the cameras if we are the driver or not. In this way, two areas would be identified, one safe and the other unsafe, as shown in the following image of the patent registration.
According to the patent, when it is detected that we are in an unsafe area two things could happen: either the phone will block any use that is considered unsafe or the car will emit signals that will disable the phone while driving. These two possibilities are covered in the patent registration, so either of the two could be the one chosen by Apple to implement.
Does this new patent mean a new iOS feature related to CarPlay integration? Yes and no. Software patents in the U.S. are something so abstract that it can only be a registration to protect you from competitors or an idea you have already developed and implemented.
Even so, if this system were to become a reality, it would be something that both car manufacturers and governments in different countries would have to take into account , as they would have to consider whether it could be a compulsory system for all cars in order to reduce the number of accidents due to the misuse of mobile phones.