Published On: Tue, Jun 6th, 2017

iPhones Will Block Text Messages While Driving

3,477 road deaths caused in the US by distracted drivers in 2015; 8 people are killed each day- now iPhones will block text messages while driving

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Text messages will be blocked in a new iPhone feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving.”  The new feature will be part of Apple’s iOS 11, the new version of the operating software for Apple mobile devices, Apple announced at the WWDC conference in San Jose.

How it work

The system will automatically detect when the car is moving or the moment you enter your car and start driving your phone will block all notifications for things like text messages or news updates. The same will happen whenever you connect your phone to the car by using cable, or Bluetooth.

The system will still allow drivers to take hands-free calls.

The one who does text you while you’re driving will receive an automatic message saying that you’re driving and can’t respond just now.

Also, the iPhone screen will also be locked for some of the apps to prevent you from using them while you’re driving. At the same time, you will able to follow Apple Maps and Apple’s navigation application, and input destinations.

Other navigation apps, like Google Maps, will also work, although not quite as efficiently.

Passengers who are just riding, and not driving, will have the ability to disable the feature.

Drivers will still be able to use Apple CarPlay, which now available in BMW, Honda (HMC) and American cars such General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU).

Apple CarPlay is car interface which works through a computer screen to allow drivers to hear and respond to text messages using voice commands while driving.

3,477 road deaths caused by distracted drivers in 2015. Or, eight people are killed each day in crashes involving distracted driving, according to the US’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

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