New iPhone update blocks drivers from texting behind the wheel


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 13 percent of all fatal distraction-related crashes in 2014 could be attributed to drivers distracted by their cellphones.

Pete Williams, spokesman for the RAC's BePhoneSmart campaign, said: "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".

Of course, iOS 11 is still in early beta stages, meaning it's entirely possible that Apple could change or remove a feature completely by the time the OS releases this fall.

Soon, Apple will introduce a new iPhone feature that will do away with that annoying - and unsafe - urge to look at a text message while you're driving.

Moreover, even though Apple built-in some caveats, an iPhone user has other way to bypass the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature and use the smartphone while driving.

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At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference held on Monday, June 5, the company shared that iOS 11 would include a Do Not Disturb While Driving mode.

Apple appears to be solving this problem in iOS 11.

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system allows iPhone and iPad users to delete apps off their device while maintaining any relevant settings and user data. He's also shared a small video on how it works on the iPhone, and it seems that the feature works within apps only, and there's no "spring loading" as seen on macOS. Geskin also posted schematic images that purport to show the design of the new iPhone.

According to the document, applications will now be able to use the chip to "read tags to give users more information about their physical environment and the real-world objects in it". Passengers who are just riding, and not driving, will have the ability to disable the feature.