We all know the technological wonder comes with perils – for example the inability to curb your addiction to text messages, Facebook updates, Instagrams or Snapchats even when behind the wheel.
But Apple is looking after its users with a new feature with a seemingly awkward name – “Do Not Disturb While Driving.” The new feature has been introduced during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and DNDWD will actually arrive in the fall via iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad. The mode activates when the phone detects you’re in a car, and only if you’re not using Apple CarPlay – and will proceed to mute any incoming notifications, and can be tasked to deliver automated replies to explain you’re driving.
DNDWD will automatically activate thanks to info from Bluetooth connectivity and nearby wi-fi networks to see if the phone is in a moving car. Of course, if you’re a passenger in a moving car you can manually override it, and of course drivers that don’t care about their safety or of others will be able to do it as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving was the reason behind 3,477 road deaths in 2015 in America alone.