New Cellphone Feature to Help Stop Distracted Driving?
Cell phones are very prevalent and almost eveyone has one these days. While there a benefits of many people owning and operating cell phones, there are also downsides. One such downside is that cell phones are a major contributor to distracted driving. Many people are tempted to look at their cell phone every time that it rings, even if they are driving. Using the phone while driving is an unsafe practices because it diverts your attention from the road, thus making it more likely that you will be involved in a car accident.
Apple announced recently the new software update for their product, the iPhone. The new software, iOS 11, will include several new features. One of these features is the “Do Not Disturb While Drving Feature.”
The “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature could be helpful in reducing distracted driving because of cell phones. iPhone users can opt to turn on this feature when they begin driving. If the feature is turned on it will mute any notifications that the phone receives while the owner is driving. The feature will also send automatic messages in response to messages received while driving.
The driver can connect their phone to their car via Bluetooth, and the phone will be able to determine by speed when the phone is in a vehicle. This new software will be available in fall 2017.
This new feature could be a great way to encourage drivers to stop using their cell phones while driving. With less distractions on the roadway, more people will be paying attention to the roadway, hopefully making the roadways safer.
Would you use this feature? Do you think that it will be helpful in reducing cell phone use while driving?