It's high time they introduced this. Anyone who lost someone close only because some idiot decided he could drive anyway will understand and appreciate that. It's a small price to pay for a saved life, really.
It is a really important story. When you read the patent, it becomes obvious that the patent was issued for something that is not any innovation and had been in use for years. Now the author of the patent himself admits that openly. So, what the consequences will be? Not for the battle (Oracle vs. Google) but for the war (humanity vs. patents)? None. The patent system is so deep rooted, so many things depend on it (like the value of so many corporations) that practically nothing can be done. It's frustrating: we all know it's bad, but also know it will stay this way.