Apple Will Introduce New Feature That Will Block iPhone Texts When You’re Driving

June 20, 2017 •

New Feature

Despite news reports of injuries and fatalities associated with distracted driving, there are still people who use their smartphones while behind the wheel. If you find it difficult to resist checking your iPhone for the latest text messages while driving your car, you have a clear motivation to drive more safely.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

In the United States, about 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 individuals are injured every day in crashes that involve a distracted driver, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To reduce this danger, Apple plans to introduce a new feature to iOS 11, the latest version of its operating system, according to a report from CNN. The feature is called “Do Not Disturb While Driving.” Whenever a person connects his or her iPhone to a car via Bluetooth or cable, or whenever the iPhone detects the vehicle is in motion, the app will force the device to withhold notifications.

Three Types of Distracted Driving

In the second or two that it takes you to divert attention from the road to pick up and check your smartphone, a car could veer into your lane or a pedestrian could stumble in front of your car, resulting in a horrific accident.

There are three aspects of distracted driving.

  1. Visual distraction: Taking your eyes off of the road.
  2. Manual distraction: Taking a hand off of the wheel and touching the phone.
  3. Cognitive distraction: When your thoughts are diverted from driving to the incoming text message or breaking news update.

If you’re distracted from the road for a full five seconds to read and reply to a text while the vehicle is traveling at 55 mph, you will cover a distance as long as a football field, noted the CDC. Think of all the potential for danger that can occur in such a large area in such a limited amount of time.

New Feature: “Do Not Disturb While Driving” App

When a new text message arrives while your car is in motion, the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” app will reply on your behalf, letting the sender know that you are driving now and cannot respond until later when it is safe. Any passengers in your vehicle will have their iPhone screens locked too, until they manually disable the feature by indicating they are a passenger and not the driver.

Where do you keep your iPhone while driving? For convenience and safety, it’s a good idea to store the device in a secure dashboard mount, enabling you to listen to music or follow GPS directions to your next destination without needing to touch or move your phone. ProClip’s dashboard mounts are conveniently placed in your line of sight, so you don’t have to keep your eyes off the road.