Apple to Prevent Texting And Driving
Driving is a hazardous activity that requires a significant amount of attention to do safely. Unfortunately, texting while driving has been a plague on society since cell phones first introduced texting as a feature. Texting and driving just requires drivers to give up too much of their already-meager concentration. Public service announcements have long since heralded against the disaster-causing habit to no avail. However, Apple, the creators of the iPhone, have found a new way to combat texting and driving and perhaps may end the bad habit for good.
Apple’s new “Do not disturb while driving” feature
Apple will soon roll out their newest operating system update: iOS 11. The new update will include a feature named “Do Not Disturb While Driving.” The new feature will make it so that an iPhone is unable to receive calls or texts while it is connected to a moving car via Bluetooth or a cable. The phone withholds all incoming texts and calls until the vehicle stops. Should you receive an incoming text or call while driving, the new feature can respond to who sent the text. The phone will inform them that you are driving and are unavailable to answer for the moment.
The feature will also disable the phone’s screen while the car is in motion to prevent drivers from using any of their apps while on the road. If a passenger, that is only riding in the vehicle, wishes to use the phone, they will have the ability to disable the feature once they prove that they are not driving. Some apps will still function while the new feature is active.
What apps will work with the new feature?
Apps that are specifically made for road assistance, like Apple Maps will still be usable, although they will be restricted. The driver may see the map on the application, but they may not input or change their destination. Other navigation apps, such as Google maps, will also work on the new feature, although they may be more difficult to set up.
Apple CarPlay will also be available in vehicles that are equipped with the technology to use it. Apple CarPlay is a voice-based interface system that allows drivers to hear and respond to text messages with their voice. A driver does not have to take his or her eyes off the road to speak, so speech to text software allows them to reply to any incoming messages safely. Cars that come equipped with Apple CarPlay have a computer screen in the car to operate the system. The screen is often optimized so that the driver may quickly look at it to find the impute he or she wants and then immediately return their attention to the road.
Several automobile manufacturers create cars that come equipped with Apple CarPlay. A few of them are:
- General Motors
- Fiat Chrysler
Drivers are known to ignore technology like Apple CarPlay and often text and drive despite having the ability to do it safely. Making their phones unavailable is an excellent way to ensure that drivers are responsible safe by forcing them to use all of the technology at their fingertips.
Other ideas to prevent with texting while driving
Many companies are taking it upon themselves to attempt to solve the epidemic of texting and driving. For example, Nissan has proposed equipping its cars with Faraday cages. A Faraday cage is a box that stops electricity and blocks radio waves. Installing one in a car would mean that a cell phone in the car would not be able to receive signal, so the driver would not be able to send or receive text messages.
It is no surprise that many companies are searching for any way they can stop texting and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that as many as eight people are killed every day in car crashes that were a result of texting and driving. Many states have made the practice illegal, but the general population continues to do it.
Sadly, one of the most common demographics for people who text and drive are teenagers and young adults. Nearly all teenagers will admit to knowing that texting while driving is dangerous, but many will still admit to doing it. That fact alone makes it seem that simply educating the general population will not be enough to stop the trend of texting and driving. That is likely why responsible businesses are taking matters into their hands by attempting to force people to stop texting while driving.