Apple Making Driving a Little Safer With New Feature
On Apple’s latest operating system release “iOS 11″users will be able to use a new feature: a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode. The feature is aimed at prohibiting texting or other phone usages while driving. The feature turns off alerts that entice drivers to look at their phones while on the road.
In 2015, 3,477 people were killed because of distracted driving and another almost 400,000 were injured. With a number so high Apple is aiming to lower it. The technology offers to stop certain distractions. the feature can tell if you are in the car if it is connected to USB or Bluetooth in the car and if it’s not, your phone will know by sensors that can determine speed.
Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi says, “When you’re driving, you don’t need to respond to these kind of messages. In fact, you don’t need to see them.” Think of things like notifications for Instagram, news or a gaming app.
Something important to know is that the iPhone isn’t completely locked so nothing works while the mode is on. CarPlay still works as well as music, navigation assistance and you can choose certain contacts to always come through. However, when the car is moving, anyone else who texts you while get an auto response of: “I’m driving with Do Not Disturb turned on. I’ll see your message when I get where I’m going.” Another message is sent that says: , “If this is urgent, reply ‘urgent’ to send a notification through with your original message.”
With this new mode, parents can enable restrictions for their teenage drivers that are locked with a password. Passengers can opt to temporarily disable the feature. The iOS 11 is in beta testing and will be released in September to the public.