Apple is facing a new class action lawsuit for creating, patenting and allegedly hitting the brakes on a technology meant to stop people from texting while driving. Lead plaintiff Julio Ceja filed his complaint against the tech behemoth in Los Angeles last week, claiming he was rear-ended and injured by a driver who was distracted by her Apple iPhone. The Orange County resident claims he was stopped at a red light when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the woman “engaged in using her phone instead of paying attention to the road in front of her.” “The driver slammed into Julio’s vehicle, causing damage to the vehicle, and injuring Ceja’s back,” the paperwork filed by MLG Automotive Law argues of Newport Beach. “When the driver exited the vehicle after the accident, she still had her iPhone in hand, startled that she had just caused an accident,” the suit says. Ceja argues that Apple has the ability — and an obligation — to protect people like him by outfitting its iPhones with lock-out technology developed to prevent engaged drivers from using their iPhones. The technology has been around since 2008 and received a patent in 2014, according to the… Read full this story
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