Apple coy on mobile lockout

The Australian offshoot of iPhone maker Apple has officially declined to comment over what has happened with plans for software that could stop motorists using mobile phones while they drive. Apple patented a system that would lock drivers out of their devices all the way back in 2014, but the feature is yet to appear on its handsets despite similar apps released for Android-based smartphones. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has slammed the distracting devices for contributing to a two-year rise in Australia’s road toll, which last year hit 1185 deaths.