A new feature is heading to Apple’s iOS 11 to try and curb distracted driving, known simply as “Do Not Disturb While Driving.”
The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system is set to arrive this fall, and this new feature builds on Apple’s current Do Not Disturb feature. Currently Do Not Disturb can silence alerts, calls, and notifications that are received while a phone is locked. As its name suggests, the Do Not Disturb While Driving will set the iPhone’s screen to black and activate an automatic reply to texts if the phone senses it’s in a moving vehicle.
The feature can be bypassed if the person sending the message says it’s urgent, this way important matters get through to the driver if need be. Users can of course turn off the feature, which sounds helpful if the iPhone wrongly detects a passenger as a driver.