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New safety feature blocks notifications and calls while you’re driving.

Are you guilty of looking at your phone while driving? Do you sometimes find it hard to resist checking texts and taking calls when your hands should be on the wheel?

Apple is trying to block this urge with its new safety feature, “Do Not Disturb While Driving”, which prevents notifications from showing up on your phone whilst the car is in motion. Set to be released for iOS 11 later this year, the safety feature also sends auto-replies to incoming messages to let your contacts know that you’re driving. If you’re worried about missing an emergency call from your family or boss, you can place certain contacts under a favorites list so their calls won’t be blocked.

Considering that nearly a third of motorists in the UAE check their phones while on the road, the feature can’t come soon enough. Even the smallest of distractions can be deadly. Quick glances at your screen to check who messaged you can be enough to cause an accident. According to the RTA, texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to crash.

This new feature is merely part of a bigger issue around our interactions with our devices and machines. While Apple’s new driving mode is a step in the right direction, perfect road safety still lies in the hands of drivers.

Article by: Alexandra Chaves

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