Lawsuit against Apple for lack of auto mode iPhone rejected

Lawsuit against Apple for lack of auto mode iPhone rejected

Apple is not guilty of the death of a student who died in a traffic accident with a texting and driver.

The family of the 20-year-old victim had Apple sued, because the company would do to accidents in the traffic to avoid. According to the prosecutors, would Apple have a special automotive mode must be set.

A judge in California did not join in that argument, and the trial is provisionally rejected, reports Ars Technica Tuesday. There is, according to the court, no question of a duty of care for Apple.

The prosecutors get another chance to argue why the lawsuit still must go on.


The family of the fatal victim relies on a patent from Apple on an automotive mode. Therein is described how a smartphone will be automatically locked as the user sitting behind the wheel. The technology of the patent is never actually in a iPhone processed.

However, Apple has already had to deal with several other American lawsuits around this patent and the lack of an auto mode in the current iPhones. In iOS, 11, the version of the iPhone operating system in autumn, is a function that the phone is automatically on the “do not disturb” mode while driving.

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