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FaceTime allegedly causes fatal death

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2017-01-03 Silicon Review

A family in US files a case on Apple on the backdrop of “Face Time video calling” app. The family alleges that iPhone claimed of safer version of the app but, chose to make the less safe version available with the iPhone 6 leading to a car crash which led to the death of a five-year-old child named Moriah Modisette.

The driver had confessed to the police that he was on “FaceTime” and police had also found that the app was still live when they arrived at the scene.

The case dates back to 2014 when Moriah was travelling in the back of her parents’ car near Dallas and was hit by another car driven by Garrett Willhelm who was using the Apple “FaceTime” while driving.

“Defendant Apple Inc. has had the technology to prevent these events, and the Modisettes’ injuries, specifically since at least December 12, 2008, when it filed an application with the US Patent Office for a ‘driver handheld computing device lock-out,” the family said in the complaint.

The family added that the failure of Apple to use GPS tracking to detect the speed of the vehicle in which a user was travelling and shut down the “FaceTime” app was a significant factor in the accident.

Apple is yet to issue an official statement about the case. The company, however, has already encountered disputes concerning another FaceTime patent, as well as its other technologies in the past.

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