Apple Introduces 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' Feature for iOS 11

Of the new features, the Do Not Disturb while driving features has been designed "to help users stay more focused on the road".

We all know that cellphones and driving can be a risky mix, and yet a quick glance at the sound of a ping can be irresistible to many motorists.

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Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, announced the feature at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., on Monday. Phones will also come with an optional "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode that can detect when the phone is in a moving vehicle and turn off notifications or automatically respond to texts with an alert that the user is driving and will check messages later. By closing or ignoring this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

There remains some wiggle room, however, so it's unclear just how effective the setting will be. And on any given day, around 660,000 people are on their cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.

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When traveling in a country where English is not the first language, iPhone users will be able to ask Siri for anything from restaurant recommendations to the nearest pharmacy.

But Joel Feldman, founder of the advocacy group End Distracted Driving, said Apple "missed an opportunity to be a leader in saving lives" by failing to take action earlier.

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"Importantly, this makes it necessary to now store credit in a virtual card on the phone, which we could see Apple converting to a physical debit card in the not to distant future", Hall said. We use cookies to improve your browsing experience. "And, despite the DNDWD feature, crashes involving iPhones will continue".

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