Apple introduced its latest operating system updates this week, iOS 11, and one feature grabbing attention is the 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' (aka DNDWD) option.
When the DNDWD feature is enabled on your iPhone, it will sense via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to triangulate your speed and position to determine when you're in motion.
If your phone detects you are driving, DNDWD will stop alerts, news updates, and texts from popping up on your device's screen. If you attempt to view your device while in motion, all you will see is a completely dark, blank screen.
Whoever is sending you the blocked text will receive an auto reply explaining your are driving. Drivers will have the option to create a whitelist of contacts whose auto reply will allow them to text 'urgent' to you so the text will display regardless if the DNDWD is running.
The DNDWD feature can be turned off for those in the car who are not driving. After you've used the feature once, it'll prompt you to launch DNDWD when it determines if you're in a moving vehicle.
Apple hasn't said how fast you must be going to catch DNDWD's notice. Apple's iOS 11 target date is this September at which time all iPhones will have DNDWD standard.
Reasons to Enable DNDWD:
- 64 percent of all the road accidents in the United States involve distracted driving.
- Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to result in an accident than drunk driving.
- It takes only an average of three seconds after a driver’s mind is taken off the road for a road accident to occur - reading a text message while driving successfully distracts a driver for a minimum of five seconds.
- 5 seconds of distracted driving at 55 mph means that driver has traveled the length of a football field without looking at the road.
- Your chance of an accident increases 23 percent when you are distracted.