Since Apple automotive projects ( Car Play and Siri Eyes Free ) is applied to more vehicles last year , the company continued to boil series of in-car technology . A document found on Tuesday ( 22/4 ) Apple titled " iOS in the car " ( IOS in the car ) initiated a further system of iOS 7 . U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ( USPTO ) published Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8,706,143 entitled to patent " Lock the handheld computer device driver , " an intelligent system that will determine whether the user is in the driving status , and then close the phone functions will interfere with concentration .
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There are two main embodiment of the invention in this patent of Apple . First , concentrate on lock - out mechanism that does not require any input from the vehicle , instead use on-board sensors to determine when the user is driving . The second embodiment , the vehicle is able to send a blocking signal to the iPhone , which effectively stop users from receiving and sending text , or use any other smartphone functions when in the driving seat .
Without the input of the car , the iPhone relies on motion analysis and data from landscaping to trigger the lock - out mechanism . Mobile components ranging from the accelerometer , camera , light sensor , GPS catcher and other sensing components can be used to generate raw data .
Speed motion analyzer component monitoring device so that when a certain limit is reached , an indication of a moving car . Data from the GPS and accelerometer iPhone also adds to the accuracy of the system, which can be used to see if the user was walking , running , or in a moving motor vehicle .
Working landscape analysis is more complicated , in some embodiments it requires the acquisition and to determine if the image of the holder when the device is in the operating area "safe " or "unsafe " . For example , the algorithm analyzer may find that user in the driver's seat by analyzing a photo or video that shows one face and the steering wheel . Alternatively , if the analyzer see two faces , one in the driver seat and one in the passenger seat , the owner of the device can be classified as being in the " safe zone . " Furthermore , the accelerometer can be used to make sure people who do not hold the device away from the cockpit the driver to avoid the analysis . After the introduction and a complete analysis of the data , lock - out mechanism can be activated according to predefined rules . For example , texting may be blocked if the holder is found driving .
The second embodiment is quite easy , the car communicates with the iPhone via RFID or radio signal is active . In this case , the ship sensors , wireless triggers fire - proximity bersensor or other devices that can communicate , blocking signals to the nearest phone , disable SMS and other annoying features .
Another important function of the Apple invention includes parental lock-out function which disables features that can be selected smartphone users related , via certain locking or phone . There is no information about whether Apple intends to incorporate a lock- out function to a future version of iOS , otherwise this feature is also no mention was made in the introduction CarPlay . As mentioned in the patent document , such a mechanism would be the " key to significant sales in the eyes of parents are concerned , and could lead to new legislation requiring all handheld computing devices to disable texting while driving . "
Apple handheld device locking patent was first filed in 2008 and granted credit on behalf of John Greer Elias as the inventor .