This is hilarious. According to the Sunshine Coast Daily an Australian man is attempting to take legal action against Apple, claiming they stole his idea for CarPlay.

Based on the article I’m quite confused about how he thinks this is the case.

the alleged theft of his idea which could help stop drivers texting while behind the wheel of a vehicle

For starters, CarPlay doesn’t stop you from texting.

From http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/:

You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and list to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just plug in your iPhone and go.

So there’s that.

He said his articles and letters and submissions to websites were proof the idea was already his.

“I’ve published my idea long ago to 100 sites or more including the White House and United Nations.

“Mobile communication devices just need a simple tweak to have the microphone listen for car engine noises or tyre-on-road noises, and when they are heard, the device turns off.

“Noises of engines are entirely different inside a car to the noises outside the car, ditto for road tyre noises.

“Simple to do, and it can be done in a simple upgrade of current system. All it needs is someone to say yes to the idea.”

So a couple of things here. CarPlay doesn’t turn the phone off. And I’m pretty sure CarPlay doesn’t use the microphone to listen for engine or road noise to do anything. So this is pretty much a non-story isn’t it?

I’m guessing that either this guy has been misinformed about what CarPlay does, or the journalist has completely misreported the situation. Or at the very least the journalist failed to do some basic fact checking. The article also seems to lack any references to even his supposed Facebook posts of the idea.

I am not a lawyer, but even if it was the case simply publishing an idea doesn’t automatically grant you some kind of patent as far as I know. So even if someone at Apple did see his FaceBook post and implemented the idea without any credit, I don’t think you can actually sue them for that. There’s no patent, and trademark and copyright law wouldn’t apply anyway.