Apple Is Implementing A 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Feature

BY Rochelle Beighton / Jun 11 2017 / 18:42 PM

From messaging a friend on Whatsapp, to picking up the phone at a red light, Apple is finally putting an end to dangerous driving habits

Apple Is Implementing A 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Feature
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Do you ever get the urge to look at a text message while you're driving, or flick through Instagram while waiting in a line of traffic on the motorway? Well, soon that won't be an issue as Apple is taking innovative measures to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the road.

According to CNN, the tech giant's iOS 11 operating system will offer a 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' mode for iPhones in their latest update, set for release later this year.

The new feature will reportedly work by detecting when your phone is connected to a car - using either a cable or Bluetooth, and whether its owner is in a moving vehicle, and subsequently block any notifications that come through from texts, updates or applications.

Not only will this stop technophiles from checking their notifications while driving, but the home screen will also be locked to prevent users from opening apps.

However, iPhone owners will still be able to use navigation apps, like Apple Maps and Google Maps as well as Apple CarPlay.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, revealed the new feature at the Worldwide Developers conference in San Diego earlier this week, reports The Sun. "When you are driving, you don't need to be responding to these kind of messages," he said. "We think this is going to be a real important step in safety in the car."

While users can currently turn on the iPhone's 'Do Not Disturb' mode (by swiping up and clicking on the moon icon) while driving, Apple have revealed the update's new feature responds to incoming texts from a fellow iPhone with an automatic reply, informing friends and family you're behind the wheel and unavailable.

If that's not enough, the feature will also be optional for passengers, but can be disabled if they need to focus on other activities, such as navigating, DJing or providing road snacks.

Via Harper's Bazaar UK