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Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Available in Apple’s iOS 11 Beta

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Users can now test out what is likely the most talked about feature of Apple’s newest iOS 11: Do Not Disturb While Driving.

When the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is activated, the iPhone will withhold notifications whenever it’s connected to a moving car using either Bluetooth or a cable. The phone will also automatically respond to texts with a message telling the recipient that the user is driving and can’t respond at the moment. As Sarah Perez points out in a recent TechCrunch article, the new iOS tool isn’t meant “… to fully prevent texting or alerts while in a moving vehicle. Instead, it offers to clamp down on distractions at a system level in a way that Apple has never before offered.”

Rather, the point of the feature is to remind motorists to pay attention to the task of driving. “It’s all about keeping your eyes on the road,” Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said when introducing the feature at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. “When you’re driving, you don’t need to respond to these kind of messages. In fact, you don’t need to see them.” Other functionalities, like music and GPS, will still work while the car is in motion.

Want to try out the Do Not Disturb While Driving before iOS 11 officially releases? Trusted Reviews offers a few easy steps to download the iOS 11 public beta 3 and beta 4 preview. If you do check out the new feature, let us know in the comments below what you think of it!


About John Bair

John Bair is an experienced settlement planner and financial consultant with a passion for ending distracted driving. As a frequent EndDD.org volunteer, he has spoken to audiences  around the country. To assist others in raising awareness, John has written numerous guides and articles about giving successful EndDD.org presentations in schools, business, and community settings. He is a proud board member of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.enddd.org/.


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