It is a well-known fact that texting while driving is dangerous. More and more states are putting laws into place that ban using cell phones while driving. Now it looks like Apple is getting into the mix, as it has released a new option from their operating system that will not allow you to do any texting while driving.
Apple has introduced a new feature with the recently released iOS 11 update. This new featured is called “Do Not Disturb While Driving” and senses when you’re driving using either Bluetooth or WiFi doppler effect to detect how fast you are moving. If you try to access your phone while driving, your screen will be blank.
This is a huge attempt to stop us from texting while driving, as the phone will withhold any notifications until you are done driving. It will also prevent you from accessing any of the apps on your phone, excluding some navigation apps, like Apple Maps. With those navigation apps you can access, you will not be able to adjust your destination while driving.
With this new feature from Apple, you can choose to have certain people who text you to receive an automatic reply letting them know you are driving and will respond later. This definitely will stop the texting while driving issue. The feature also allows you to select certain contacts who can respond to the automatic reply with “urgent” and they will be patched through to you.
Apple does allow you to disable the feature on the phone by indicating you are a passenger. For those Apple CarPlay users, the feature does not affect you. This allows drivers to respond to text messages and use other iPhone features using voice commands.
This is a great feature to combat distracted driving, but do you think other phone manufacturers will do it as well?
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