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Motoring groups have broadly welcomed an innovative feature on Apple’s latest iPhone. The “do not disturb while driving” app will be rolled out as part of the iOS11 update later this year. 

Motoring groups have broadly welcomed an innovative feature on Apple’s latest iPhone. The “do not disturb while driving” app will be rolled out as part of the iOS11 update later this year. It detects when your phone is connected to the car and withholds all those notifications that can easily distract a driver, with potentially fatal consequences. 

Beeps and pings

Everybody knows that using the phone while driving is dangerous. It is also illegal and offenders face hefty fines, and penalty points on their licences. Yet while the message of not phoning and driving is gradually sinking in, it is the myriad other functions of the modern smartphone that can be a bigger problem.

An RAC spokesman remarked: “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.”

Major crackdown

Police forces across the country recently launched a major crackdown on motorists who use their phone while driving. This resulted in more than 200 drivers per day being penalised for flouting the rules – almost 6,000 over a four-week period.

Police confirm that tougher penalties have resulted in a reduction in casualties compared with 2015, when 22 people were killed and 99 seriously injured in UK road accidents where mobile phone use was a contributory factor.

Leave a message 

The new feature will identify when the phone is connected to a car and will automatically tell any callers that the driver is currently unavailable. It will also silence notifications from text messages, WhatsApp and other apps. Passengers in the car can disable the feature if they need to use the phone. 

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