Apple proves that the company is paying attention to what’s happening on our streets by unveiling “Do not disturb while driving” mode for iPhone iOS.
Getting distracted at the wheel by your smartphone? Apple may be able to help. The company’s upcoming software will detect when you are driving, and silence incoming notifications.
As the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and other related organizations continue to tighten up the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Apple unveiled a new feature that will discourage motorists from handling their iPhones while in transit.
Apple’s upcoming software will detect when you are driving, and silence incoming notifications
During the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced its latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, Do not disturb while driving, which will be equipped with various nifty updates including one that will make driving a little safer for iPhone users.
The Do not disturb while driving builds on Apple’s existing Do not disturb feature. The feature can silence alerts, calls, and notifications that are received while a driver’s phone is locked.
The unique “while driving” function is added to the software by setting the iPhone’s screen to black and enabling an automatic response to texts when the phone senses it is in a moving vehicle.
The Do not disturb while driving builds on Apple’s existing Do Not Disturb feature
Apple will allow this software to be turned off by vehicle passengers – a boon for people whose phones have wrongly accused them of being drivers. Also, the function is considered a curse to those hoping Do not disturb while driving would end iPhone-related distracted driving.
All in all, although this upcoming feature is unlikely to resolve vehicle fatalities or accidents stemming from cellphone distraction, the function’s launch does show that Apple is paying attention to what’s happening on our streets, unlike too many drivers.