On Monday Apple announced that their new operating software update will have a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature aimed at putting an end to distracted driving.
The description on their website states:
“iOS 11 introduces a new way to help drivers stay more focused on the road with Do Not Disturb while driving. iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.”
iPhone users will still be able to use AppleMaps while driving but will not be able to plug in destinations while the car is in motion.
Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be in a crash or a near collision event according to CAA National. So, anything that can be done to discourage people from engaging with their phones while driving is good news!