June 5, 2017
As a mother of teen drivers there’s nothing more frightening than the thought of an accident (or worse) happening as a result of texting. And while I can tell them until I’m blue in the face not to access their phone and the laws prohibit this behavior, the constant dings from Snapchat, Twitter or text notifications are coming through and that temptation to respond is still a constant.
According to Don’t Text and Drive, individuals who drive while sending or reading text messages are “23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash than other drivers. A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted.” Fortunately more states are starting to institute no texting and driving laws that will deter and punish that behavior and there are companies like AT&T pushing a consumer message of “It can wait.” But let’s be real, people still do it.
Apple is putting the distracted driving issue front and center and making it so individuals can just put down the phone and drive. Today at the WWDC, Apple unveiled it’s new iOS 11 operating system that includes a feature to help drivers stay more focused on the road.
The Do Not Disturb While Driving option for the iPhone can detect when users are driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. For those sending text messages, users can have an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and are unable to respond at that time. If you can’t see or hear a distraction from your iPhone, then all you have to do is drive.
While the news from Apple about their focus on augmented reality with their upcoming ARKit is pretty awesome, this update was hailed by the WWDC crowd and media outlets on Twitter as one of the most important updates of iOS 11 – this reporter and parent couldn’t agree more. The last thing anyone needs to focus on while driving is sending a heart emoji. Bravo Apple.
Read more about augmented reality at Tech.Co
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