iPhone Is Getting “Do Not Disturb While Driving” Mode

 

Do Not Disturb While Driving

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Apple will be adding a new feature to their iPhones and iPads in the iOS 11 this fall. The Apple iOS 11 will feature a new mode called “Do Not Disturb While Driving” users will have the ability to turn in on or off at will.

 

Apple’s  Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi made an announcement about this new feature at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose California a few days ago.

 

Upon turning on this feature, the iPhone will have the ability to detect when you’re driving and it will automatically mute your notifications and the screen will remain asleep.

 

You will also have the ability to configure the iPhone to send your favorite contacts an automatic reply to notify them that you’re driving and you will respond to them at a later time when you arrive at your destination.

 

As technology expands smartphone manufacturers continue to add more features and functionalities to their phones. As a result of this, many people become too attached to their phones, and they’re always using their phones, even while they’re driving.

 

Many car accidents today can be attributed to texting and driving. Federighi stated “It’s all about keeping your eyes on the road,” as the large display screen behind him showed some alerts on a phone, he stated, “When you are driving you don’t need to be responding to these kind of messages.”

 

Hopefully, most iPhone users will appreciate this feature and use it while they are driving. It would be great if this feature can decrease the number of car accidents that occur via texting and driving.

 

I think this is a great feature that Android smartphones will probably adopt in the near future. Please let me know your thoughts about the new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature in the comment section below. If you are currently an iPhone user, will you consider using this feature while driving?

 

4 Comments

  • BobbyCorno says:

    This feature is something I’ve been waiting on for a while, and I’ll be looking for it in the OS updates! Such a no-brainer, I wonder it’s taken this long for Apple to get it coded and installed. There was something on the radio a few days ago about the feature, and I thought then about how obvious it was that it was needed. In any case, I appreciate the thorough review, and look forward to using ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’! Thanks!

  • Jim says:

    This new feature is really exciting to hear.

    I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a driver weaving back and forth on the road and thought they were driving under the influence of alcohol. Upon pulling up beside them at a traffic light, I notice that they WERE driving under the influence! But, it was not alcohol…it was texting.

    Many states have laws that prohibit texting while driving but, there must not be very much enforcement because it does not seem to have changed the frequency with which I witness texting law-breakers.

    This is becoming a bigger problem than alcohol.

    If the phone companies can install a great program in their iPhones that someone can switch to a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode, I think they should think about making it automatic and not voluntary. They can install the ability to disable it so that passengers in the car can use their phones.

    My Garman GPS system will automatically prevent entering a destination address while the vehicle is in motion. I can disable the feature but, normally I think twice before doing it.

    Jim

    • Marvin says:

      Thanks for the feedback Jim, I agree with you, I think it would be better if the feature is turned on by default.

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