Apple is introducing a much-needed feature for many drivers on the road. With the rollout of iOS 11 for iPhones, Apple will implement a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature.
The feature builds upon the already present “Do Not Disturb” feature, which locks the phone out from all incoming calls, messages and other notifications when enabled. While driving, the new feature will set the iPhone’s screen to black and can forward an automatic reply to a contact. The phone can automatically sense when it’s in a moving vehicle.
Though, Apple can’t automatically implement such a feature. Users can turn off the function manually, though this is supposed to be only in the case there’s a passenger present that needs to use the smartphone.
It’s a small step, but if the number of distracted driving incidents falls by even a tenth of a percent, this little feature could save someone’s life.