New Do Not Disturb Driving Feature for iPhone

iPhone will soon have a ‘Do not Disturb While Driving’ mode which will activate automatically when you get behind the wheel.

Apple announced at its WWDC developer’s conference recently, that it will be launching a ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature that will automatically prevent phone or app notifications popping up when it senses you are in a car. Passengers can choose to switch off the feature. The feature will be able to detect when your phone is connected to a car using either Bluetooth or cable and withhold notifications, such as texts, WhatsApp messages and news updates.

The announcement of the feature comes just six months after Apple was sued for not including one like it. The case involved a fatal car accident that was caused by a driver who was using FaceTime at the time of the crash.

The feature will be rolled out worldwide as part of the iOS 11 update in Autumn.

Jason Wakeford, a spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “This new feature is to be welcomed and will help drivers stay focused on the road and not their phones. Mobile use behind the wheel is a growing menace and so Brake would like to see similar initiatives from other phone manufactures to help cut distractions in the car.

“Advances in technology must also be accompanied by rigorous enforcement and tougher penalties for those who flout the law. Traffic policing should be made a national priority, to ensure that drivers have the expectation that if they use a mobile phone behind the wheel, they will be caught and punished.”

You can read the full article on the Daily Mail website here.