Each year, over 330,000 accidents caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries*. It’s a well-known fact, distracted driving kills, yet data shows there are more drivers on the road who are distracted than drivers who are not. The distracted driving epidemic has reached epic proportions, and leaders of the tech industry have finally taken note.
Apple’s new iPhone (iOS 11) will include a feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving.”
Whenever the phone is connected to a car using either Bluetooth or a cable, or if the car is moving, the phone will withhold any notifications for things like text messages or news updates.
If someone does text you while you’re driving, the phone can respond with an automatic message telling them you’re driving and can’t respond just now.
The iPhone screen will also be locked to prevent drivers from using many of their apps while driving. Passengers who are just riding will have the ability to indicate that they are not driving and disable the feature.
Every day vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists are forced to navigate hectic New York City streets cluttered with dangerous distracted drivers. Do you think this new technology will improve safety in your neighborhood and throughout our community? Share your thoughts!