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Apple introduces “Do Not Disturb” feature for drivers

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A new feature which stops a driver receiving notifications on an iPhone when it detects the device is in a car is being introduced to the next version of the phone’s operating system.

Do Not Disturb While Driving is designed to eliminate driver distraction.  It’ll include an automated text response telling people the person is driving and cannot answer at the moment.

Pete Williams, spokesman for the RAC’s Be Phone Smart campaign, supported the innovation saying, “These days it is less phone calls and more the pings and buzzes of texts and social media apps that have the potential to distract a driver from the task at hand.

“So we’re pleased that at last millions of drivers that use an Apple iPhone are about to be able to put an end to intrusive notifications while they’re behind the wheel.

“Apple took out a series of patents more than three years ago designed to address the issue of driver safety, so while this new feature has been rather a long time coming it’s a positive step that the majority of drivers with an iOS device will be able to benefit from it by the autumn.

“As well as downloading the free update when it’s available, we encourage motorists to make a personal pledge to not use their handheld phone while driving – it takes just moments at BePhoneSmart.uk and every driver that does so sends a powerful message to others that illegal phone use and driving a moving vehicle do not mix.”

 
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