Apple to Combat Distracted Driving with “Do Not Disturb While Driving” iPhone Feature

“When you’re driving, just drive.” That’s Apple’s new mantra to combat distracted driving following a much-needed new feature coming soon to iPhones.

As part of Apple’s upcoming newly announced iOS 11, the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature will block all incoming calls, text messages, and notifications. Those trying to contact a person who has the feature activated will receive a short, polite and automated response notifying them that the party is unavailable while driving.

When this optional mode is activated by the driver, the iPhone will automatically lock when the car is in motion or the iPhone is connected to the car via a cable or Bluetooth. However, someone else in the vehicle could unlock the iPhone and use it while the driver continues to drive.

The iPhone lock won’t restrict visibility of Apple Maps so that a driver can still receive directions. They will not be able to input new directions as someone else in the car would need to disable the feature and perform that task.

Apple CarPlay will still work in vehicles that support the hands-off feature allowing voice-activated calls and texting while driving.

“Do Not Disturb While Driving” comes at a crucial time when distracted driving injuries and deaths are on the rise, especially for younger drivers. The feature will release this fall with iOS 11, and will rely on the driver’s responsibility to themselves and others on the road to activate and use it on their iPhone.

Goldberg & Osborne continues to support distracted driving awareness through our Don’t Text and Drive Scholarships.