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New iPhone update includes safe driving mode

New iPhone update includes safe driving mode

Apple has announced a new safety feature for iPhones that will block notifications while the user is driving.

Known as 'Do Not Disturb While Driving', the feature automatically silences notifications to keep the screen dark and help reduce driver distraction. It also sends an automatic text-message reply to anyone who tries to text or call while you're driving.

The feature activates when the driver's iPhone is connected via Bluetooth or a cable to the vehicle. Apple also said it will be able to use speed-detection to know if a user is in a car while it's moving.

Welcoming the development, Pete Williams, spokesman for the RAC's Be Phone Smart campaign, said: "These days it is less phone calls and more the pings and buzzes of texts and social media apps that have the potential to distract a driver from the task at hand.

"So we're pleased that at last millions of drivers that use an Apple iPhone are about to be able to put an end to intrusive notifications while they're behind the wheel.

"Apple took out a series of patents more than three years ago designed to address the issue of driver safety, so while this new feature has been rather a long time coming it's a positive step that the majority of drivers with an iOS device will be able to benefit from it by the autumn."

AA president Edmund King commented: "Our research shows that we need to do more to stop drivers using their phones at the wheel, and technology can help.

"More than half of young drivers can't bring themselves to turn off their mobile phones before driving.

"Whilst the responsibility for not using a handheld phone at the wheel lies firmly with the driver, we welcome developments such as Do Not Disturb While Driving, which could remove the temptation to answer the phone for some drivers."

The new feature will be available on iPhones around the world from this autumn as owners update their software to iOS 11.

Would you use a safe driving mode for your phone?


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Posted 08 June 2017 by Jodie Salter

Tags: Driving, Iphone, RAC, Safe

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