New feature will automatically stop notifications from appearing on your phone whilst you are driving
We motorists all know how tempting it is to just have a quick look on our phone when a notification pops up but when your behind the wheel and supposedly concentrating on the road ahead, the distraction of a new notification popping up on your mobile is not only dangerous but illegal and if caught could end up costing you a £200 fine and six points on your licence.
However, distractions could become a thing of the past following Apple’s announcement at their WWDC.
At the Apple Developer Conference on Monday June 5, the company confirmed their intention to launch a ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature which will be available as part of their latest iOS update.
The smart new feature will automatically stop notifications from popping up on your smartphone whilst you are driving, as it will be clever enough to know that you’re in a vehicle.
It will be released worldwide as part of their iOS 11 update in the autumn.
The new ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode by Apple comes only six months after the company was sued for not having such a feature already on their device following a case which involved a fatal car accident – the driver was using FaceTime when the crash happened.
The new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature senses when your smartphone is connected to a vehicle using Bluetooth or a cable, or if the vehicle is on the move and prevents any notifications from coming through, thus stopping you from being distracted whilst behind the wheel.
Notifications blocked by the new feature will include news updates, text messages and WhatsApp messages, plus the screen will lock on the iPhone to stop drivers from using their apps whilst on the move.
For passengers, they will have the option to disable the feature if they wish.
Apple Maps and Google Maps will still be accessible but destinations will have to be put in before the journey begins.
“iOS 11 introduces a new way to help drivers stay more focused on the road with Do Not Disturb While Driving,” said an Apple spokesperson via a blog.
The feature will be able to detect when a person is driving and automatically silences notifications so that the screen stays dark – so no distractions.
iPhone users will also have the option of sending an auto reply to friends and family listed in their ‘Favourites’ to inform them that they’re driving and won’t be able to reply to any calls or texts until they have stopped.
Apple also announced a couple of other features at the conference that could benefit motorists; lane guidance and speed limits will be added to the Apple Maps app as part of the update in the autumn.
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