A Monday Apple announcement will keep the doctor (and citations) away. In a move to encourage distraction-free driving, Apple plans to include a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” (DNDWD) function with their iOS 11 software update for iPhones.
The DNDWD setting will detect when you’re driving via the iPhone’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices. While behind-the-wheel, your iPhone will go into a sleep mode that blocks all apps and text messages.
You will not be able to text or interact with apps, and those trying to text you will receive a DNDWD message. The auto-generated message will tell people trying to get in touch with you that you’re driving and cannot immediately respond to their text. To override the DNDWD block, those texting you will need to send the word “urgent,” and the message will be allowed through.
The new Do Not Disturb feature will be an optional setting, though it’s the perfect update for that new driver in your family. You can expect to see the DNDWD and all other Apple iOS software updates sometime this fall.