Apple’s ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode already has an impact on safety

Published on April 19, 2018

Did you know? Distracted driving has led to over 3,500 deaths and nearly 400,000 accidents per year. The disturbing fact should be enough for you to get your hands off the set. Furthermore, it only gives a dubious distinction of being second only to drunk driving when it comes to causing harm on the road. Moreover, unlike drunk driving, distracted driving is difficult to test.

Therefore, it does not end up facing the same kind of social stigma. Apple, to try and help fight the problem, has gone on to introduce a new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode. The latest feature is present in the most recent version of its mobile operating system. According to a report by BGR, the mode turns itself into a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode whenever the system is put on. After the system undergoes activation, users can end up hiding most their incoming texts as well as notifications when they end up sensing that the users are on the move.

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The latest setting prevents users from accessing their devices and also stops one from getting distracted in the first place. The BGR report further goes on to quote a new survey from an insurance company called Ever Quote. As per the information provided by them, the change is already affecting the rest of the settings. The company apparently went on to survey users of its application and discovered that among those who had the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on while driving, were making use of the smartphone. “The company surveyed users of its app and found that among those who had Do Not Disturb While Driving, phone usage while driving was a self-reported 8% lower than it was before the release of iOS 11. Additionally, 75% of drivers with Do Not Disturb While Driving enabled felt it made them a safer driver,” notes the report by BGR.

However, there are still other ways to go about educating the population of the nation. The most-used reason for people do not have the ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode on was that they wanted to receive emergency smartphone calls. However, one can configure their devices to enable certain calls by setting itself. Apple’s software operating system was introduced in the market only recently. Therefore, it is possible to view significant impact to show up regarding the accident statistics. According to numerous reports, the vast majority of the iPhone devices currently make use of the mobile operating system. While most of the iPhone users still go on to use over forty percent of the total smartphone population. With such numbers, one cannot help but think if it is possible to reduce any further collateral damage.

Meanwhile, the Cupertino technology Apple will reportedly go on to announce a follow-up to its wildly-popular smartphone iPhone SE sometime soon now. The rumour just received a lot more value after the discovery of a regulatory filing. The filing reportedly goes on to reveal significant details and images of the upcoming yet-to-be-announced mobile device from Apple. Notably, the filing went on to confirm the new set of iPhone devices that are currently on its way for a splendid release in September this year. The filing had been revealed by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), which goes on to authorise devices for some countries. The list of countries includes Russia and Armenia. The listing further shows that the system has been given an all-clear for some iPhone devices to go on sale. The information in the filing does not specify model names.

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