It’s no secret that driving distractions today, are more prevalent than ever before. According to the National Safety Council, 20% of drivers aged 18 to 20 don’t believe that texting affects their driving. Even more astounding, almost 30% of drivers aged 21 to 34 reported the same. Texting, social media, and even talking on the phone without Bluetooth are among the most dangerous habits of our generation and often are the causes of motor vehicle collisions. As of September 19, with the release of iOS11 and its Driving Mode feature, is this another case of Apple to the rescue?
The new update comes with a lot of exciting new features. But perhaps the most important one, is “Driving Mode”, which brings a new wave of hope for using technology to increase safety on the road. Driving mode enables an automatic Do Not Disturb (DND) mode while the user of the phone is driving.
You can customize when the feature should be activated to your preference: automatically, while connected to a car’s Bluetooth, or manually. Automatically selecting Driving Mode uses smart technology to detect when the vehicle is in motion. Alternatively, enabling the Bluetooth option allows the DND mode to kick in when your phone is connected to the car’s Bluetooth, regardless of vehicle motion. Lastly, manually toggling the feature on and off as needed is an option through the customized control center.
Apple further improved this feature by adding an auto-reply option for incoming texts while your DND is active. You may use the canned version provided by Apple or create your own customized message to reply to incoming texts. If a message is urgent, the person can reply to the auto-reply “urgent’ to override the DND mode and you will receive the notification.
Taking precautionary measures to ensure safety behind the wheel is still a necessary priority for both drivers and passengers, and Apple’s iOS11 isn’t the final cure for distracted driving collisions. But if Driving Mode can even make a small dent in the amount of collisions, injuries, and deaths caused by distracted driving collisions, this represents a victory for both Apple and drivers everywhere.
If you or a family member is injured due to a distracted driver, you can seek compensation and justice. Kaufman Law’s team of experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys will work with you to maximize compensation that you are entitled to.
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