There are some people who have the habit of texting while driving. This is the cause of a lot of accidents nowadays, and the numbers keep increasing each year. Thankfully, Apple has decided to do something about that. Before the end of this year, the company will launch a new feature to curb texting while driving. This feature is called Do not Disturb while Driving, and it will be part of iOS 11 for the iPhone and the iPad. iOS 11 will have a lot of new features, which include upgrades to Siri, Apple Pay and camera features, according to the company.
Here’s how it works: the Do Not Disturb While Driving mode activates automatically when the phone detects that the owner is in a car and not using Apple CarPlay. Then the mode mutes any incoming notifications. It can even send out automated replies to explain to the sender that the phone’s user is driving. Also, when this kicks in, your screen will be blacked out until you park. However, you can mark some contacts as important so their messages don’t get blocked. Finally, the feature makes use of a Bluetooth connection or a WiFi Doppler to determine when you are driving.
The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature was announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last week. During this conference, a lot of new devices were announced, along with a lot of upgrades to existing tech. about the new DNDWD feature, Apple Software Engineering head Craig Federighi had this to say:
“It’s all about keeping your eyes on the road. When you’re driving, you don’t need to respond to these kinds of messages. In fact, you don’t even need to see them”.
Jason Wakeford, spokesman for road safety charity Brake, had this to say about the new feature:
“This new feature is to be welcomed and will help drivers stay focused on the road and not their phones”.