Apple Is Cracking Down on All of You Texting-While-Driving Junkies

'Eyes on the road, pal' - Siri

By Shari Gab

 
Apple Is Cracking Down on All of You Texting-While-Driving Junkies
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06 June 2017

Stop. Texting. And. Driving.

But you won’t. You know you won’t. Apple also knows you won’t.

Which is why the company just launched a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature to the iPhone to eliminate distraction while you’re behind the wheel. The new element will be added to iOS 11 alongside Apple CarPlay, which will utilize both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi doppler to monitor when you are in the car and lock your phone, leaving just a blank screen.

As told by Apple: “iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. Users have the option of sending an auto-reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.”

Passengers can still use their phones by opting out, which technically means drivers could lie and also turn the feature off.

Don’t do that. It can wait. 

Is it pretty ridiculous that Apple has to take responsibility for bad judgment? Definitely. But at the end of the day, all error is human error. And sadly, we simply can not be trusted to do the right thing when there are selfies, tweets and Instagram likes at stake.

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