iPhone Will Have The Ability To Help You Drive More Safely


June 22, 2017

Apple's iPhone will soon have the capability to block text messages while driving. This technology is not new for phones, including the iPhone. However, the development will help drivers to avoid distractions created by the need to read incoming text messages and the corresponding desire to respond to or initiate a text.

Apple's iPhone will soon have the capability to block text messages while driving. This technology is not new for phones, including the iPhone. However, the development will help drivers to avoid distractions created by the need to read incoming text messages and the corresponding desire to respond to or initiate a text.

Statistics prove that technological intervention is desperately needed to help reduce the carnage on our roads left in the wake of distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) calculated that 3,477 across the country were killed in motor vehicle crashes attributed to distracted driving. Teenage drivers are the most likely demographic group to be involved in a fatal crash due to distracted driving. Additionally, 391,000 people were injured in car wrecks caused by drivers who were using their cellphones in 2015. The NHTSA has also determined that over 600,000 drivers across the United States use their cellphones while driving during daylight hours.

Fortunately, some help is on the way. According to Money.CNN.com, Apple will include a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" message in the iOS11 operating system for its latest iPhone release. Apple bills its latest innovation as a way to avoid the urge to look at text messages that light up a cellular device while driving. iOS 11 will have the capacity to recognize when you are driving and then essentially prevent messages and other alerts, such as notifications and news alerts, from appearing while the car is in motion. The device will know when you are in a moving car based on  whether the car's Bluetooth is synched with the phone, whether Apple's proprietary application available in some vehicles is engaged, or via a combination of radar and wifi.

Apple's new technology will temporarily block messages. The screen will black out, and nothing on the display would be visible when the user engages the software. However, the person who sent the message to a blocked phone will receive a message automatically generated by the app telling the sender that the person is driving and cannot accept text messages at the moment. Apple will build a user interface that allows a person to exempt certain phone numbers from the blocking software as well as a toggle switch to disengage the program if the person is not driving.

The technology will also prevent the driver from accessing other functions on the phone. Apple has designed the "Do Not Disturb" app to prevent drivers from accessing other applications on their phones while driving. Apple maps will be accessible, but the app will prevent the driver from inputting a destination while in motion. The app will also grant access to other driving apps, such as Google Maps and Waze, but those will have limited functionality. Apple CarPlay will read text messages to the driver and respond to other programmed voice commands as well.

Apple is a bit late to market with this technology. Some cellular devices running on the Android operating system already have an app designed to block incoming text messages. As for Apple, mobile service carriers such as AT&T had an app that will block inbound text messages for users on its network. That application did not block iMessage. Apple's new app promises to block all incoming texts from whatever source.

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Sources:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/05/technology/apple-do-not-disturb-while-driving/index.html

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