A new update to Apple’s iOS 11 will include a feature that disables text messages to your phone while you’re driving. With the update, the iPhones will offer a Do Not Disturb While Driving mode which blocks all notifications and turns off the phone’s screen.
Users will have to activate it, but then the phone will auto-detect when the user is driving and will deactivate all notifications (from apps like Facebook and WhatsApp). Users will also be able to set up an auto-reply message (like “Can’t talk right now, I’m driving”) which their friends will receive if they send them a text.
Your iPhone screen will also be locked to prevent using many apps while your car is moving – but you can still use Apple Maps and Google Maps while driving, just not quite as easily.
One of the questions that came to mind for me was ‘what happens if you’re just the passenger?’
The answer is this: The feature will sense when you’re moving, and will ask you to launch whenever it thinks you’re driving. But if you’re riding a bus or train, or are a passenger in a car, you’ll be able to dismiss the notice.
And when it comes to those messages that are important (because you don’t want to block people from telling you something urgent), you can also identify certain contacts whose texts will display if they reply ‘urgent’ to the app’s ‘not available’ message.
What do you think of this feature? Will you use the Do Not Disturb While Driving mode?