Texting while driving will soon be a thing of the past if Apple has anything to say about it. The tech giant will soon launch a feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving that blocks texts while driving.
Apple previewed the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference this week. The new technology will roll out on new iOS 11 software for iPads and iPhones. Current Apple users will get it as a free update in the fall, which means the new Do Not Disturb while driving feature will reach a lot of us.
Here’s how it works. Apple says the iPhone can detect when you may be driving, thanks to its Bluetooth connection, 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.
If you think you can dodge the feature with an older car that doesn’t have Bluetooth, think again. Apple thought of everything. Like Pokemon Go it will use Wi-Fi to determine how fast you are going to activate the program.
If someone really needs to get a hold of you while driving they still can. The autoresponse allows senders to reply “urgent” that will push their message through.
Apple’s new tech comes at a time the government is urging automakers and technology companies to address distracted driving. In a recent AAA Foundation survey of teen drivers, 50 percent admitted they had read a text or email while driving in the past 30 days.
Whether or not you use an iPhone or not, we encourage you to put your phone down and keep your eyes on the road. It’s a message young drivers in particular need to hear during the summer, also known as The 100 Deadly Days Of Summer.