The world seems to connive when it comes to the fight against distracted driving, which is a good thing. While Nissan is developing a signal shield, Apple announced a new feature that will stop texting while driving will be added to your iPhones in the upcoming version of its software, the iOS 11.
The new feature is called Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD). As its name implies, it will automatically silence all notifications on your phone when it detects that you are driving, which lessens the temptation of checking your phone. Users will also have the option to send auto reply to their favorite contacts.
Although, it’s a different story when you connect to the car’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay. It will not engage DNDWD but this is fine as CarPlay won’t distract your driving with the use of Siri and other handsfree functions.
Locally, the Anti-Distracted Driving Act is suspended and currently under further study for a better implementing rules and regulations. When it comes back out there, updated iPhone users will be safer and less tempted to check their phones while driving. Well of course, just like any other Apple apps, this can be turned off – but at least they tried.
The iOS 11 will be available as a free update this September 2017. It’s compatible to iPhone 5s and newer versions.