Apple Takes On Distracted Driving With New Feature

Lena Tucker
June 7, 2017

At the company's annual WWDC Conference on Monday, Apple revealed several other upcoming features that could help travelers on and off the road.

We all know that cellphones and driving can be a risky mix, and yet a quick glance at the sound of a ping can be irresistible to many motorists.

A "do not disturb" mode for drivers will be part of the iOS 11 operating system, which is slated for release this fall for both iPhone and iPad.

iPhone will now be able to detect when users are driving and will automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. Contacts can receive an automatic reply saying that you are driving and will get back to them once you arrive.

When Apple's next operating system, iOS 11, premieres this fall, it will come loaded with new Siri features that could be helpful for travelers going overseas.

There remains some wiggle room, however, so it's unclear just how effective the setting will be. A 2015 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that eight people are killed each day in crashes involving distracted driving.

But market observers wonder if Apple is relatively "slow" to unveil these features as they have already been developed and adopted by domestic companies including Tencent, 360 and Xiaomi.

Joel Feldman also lost his daughter to a distracted driver in 2009 and founded the advocacy group End Distracted Driving.

The move is seen to woo Chinese consumers and boost Apple China revenue, which fell in recent quarters amid challenges from domestic smartphone makers like Huawei and Oppo, industry insiders said. We use cookies to improve your browsing experience.

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