Apple's iOS 11 To Feature 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Mode

Elizabeth Williams
June 6, 2017

Had it been in operation, the offending driver's phone would have locked the user out of functions like texting and FaceTime while driving. The feature will come with the iOS 11 update, Apple executives announced at a conference on Monday.

The feature, called "Do Not Disturb While Driving", will be part of Apple's iOS 11, a new version of the operating software for Apple mobile devices.

Apple has not revealed if the feature can be turned off or how the technology will differentiate passengers from drivers.

It is a well-known fact that usage of mobile phones while driving is unsafe.

The feature does not affect Apple CarPlay, which allows drivers to respond to text messages and use other iPhone features using voice commands, according to CNN. A fatal crash was previously blamed on a teenage driver using the iPhone FaceTime app.

Users will be able to see Apple Maps, Apple's navigation application, while driving - though they will be unable to input destinations.

Apple says it will use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Doppler effect to detect when a user is moving in a vehicle.

Individual contacts can be "whitelisted" to be able to receive a special message that informs them that they can text "urgent" back to your number, and then get the first message through to your screen.

Most people praised the upcoming feature on social media.

The new "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature will go into effect six months after Bethany and James Modisette sued Apple for failing to provide the iPhone safety feature that it patented in 2014.

Once they are no longer driving, users have the option of overriding the "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature by turning on the screen with the power button and clicking the "I'm not driving" option on the screen.

Other reports by VgToday

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