Do Not Disturb While Driving

dcp10

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I finished installing beta 2 just in time to test it out on the way home from work. Overall I’m happy that Apple added this feature but there’s a couple of things I hope they’ll fix.

First is also muting the alert chimes. I found myself reflexively glancing at my phone each time, so it doesn’t completely fulfill its goal. Second is building a short period after the car stops moving before allowing notifications to resume. While I was in stop & go traffic it kept going on and off.

Otherwise it seemed to work as advertised
 
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gmanist1000

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I finished installing beta 2 just in time to test it out on the way home from work. Overall I’m happy that Apple added this feature but there’s a couple of things I hope they’ll fix.

First is also muting the alert chimes. I found myself reflexively glancing at my phone each time, so it doesn’t completely fulfill its goal. Second is building a short period after the car stops moving before allowing notifications to resume. While I was in stop & go traffic it kept going on and off.

Otherwise it seemed to work as advertised
So what happens if you're a passenger but have this turned on?
 

gsmornot

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I have an Apple Watch. What I saw yesterday was the same as I normally see, nothing on the display because the alert goes to my watch. No auto reply was sent back to say I was driving, it just worked the way it always has. I wonder if this feature is just for users without something like the watch, someone who normally uses just the phone for all interaction.
 

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I have an Apple Watch. What I saw yesterday was the same as I normally see, nothing on the display because the alert goes to my watch. No auto reply was sent back to say I was driving, it just worked the way it always has. I wonder if this feature is just for users without something like the watch, someone who normally uses just the phone for all interaction.
I have a watch too but it switched on the moment I turned on my car yesterday. If you have it enabled I’m guessing it either didn’t successfully identify you were in the car/driving. (or it’s just buggy for now)
 

gsmornot

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I have a watch too but it switched on the moment I turned on my car yesterday. If you have it enabled I’m guessing it either didn’t successfully identify you were in the car/driving. (or it’s just buggy for now)
Looks like it activated today while driving. Pulled up (parked in parking lot) to call my wife and had to select I'm Not Driving to unlock and see the home screen for the phone app. Later when I went to open Music it did not prompt me. I will keep playing with it and see how it works. Dont think the auto reply has messaged anyone yet but only tested it yesterday.
 

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Anyone know how this behaves with group messaging? In other words if I'm driving, but people in a group I'm apart are messaging, is my phone going to continually send the "I'm driving" response?
 

Feenician

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Looks like it activated today while driving. Pulled up (parked in parking lot) to call my wife and had to select I'm Not Driving to unlock and see the home screen for the phone app. Later when I went to open Music it did not prompt me. I will keep playing with it and see how it works. Dont think the auto reply has messaged anyone yet but only tested it yesterday.
My gf tends to text me a lot when I'm driving (perhaps she's after the life insurance :eek:) so I got one yesterday. Seems like she got the message (figuratively and literally) and stopped at one.
 

gsmornot

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Anyone know how this behaves with group messaging? In other words if I'm driving, but people in a group I'm apart are messaging, is my phone going to continually send the "I'm driving" response?
Guessing here since I'm still testing but a note when this activated limits the feature to Favorites. Perhaps is the group includes Favorites it might block it, might not.
 

ramses2005

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I have issues. It doenst work automatically or when it connects to bluetooth. I hope it gets fixed, because I really fin it to be a great feature.
 

ectospheno

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I'd counter that if you need a built in facility to make the phone unresponsive while driving then you shouldn't be driving. Take your life and the lives of others seriously and don't use your phone while driving. No special mode is necessary.

It is like every adult today has forgotten when they were a kid and the only phone anyone had was their home phone. You survived every drive then without a phone. It is just as easy to do so today.
 

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It is like every adult today has forgotten when they were a kid and the only phone anyone had was their home phone. You survived every drive then without a phone. It is just as easy to do so today.
This is so true. Observe the panic on people's faces when they realize they left their phone at home/office/wherever, or even in the trunk. People worry more about leaving their phone behind than they do their driver's license or wallet.
 

gsmornot

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I'd counter that if you need a built in facility to make the phone unresponsive while driving then you shouldn't be driving. Take your life and the lives of others seriously and don't use your phone while driving. No special mode is necessary.

It is like every adult today has forgotten when they were a kid and the only phone anyone had was their home phone. You survived every drive then without a phone. It is just as easy to do so today.
If you can hear me up there on your horse, this is not about knowing when to touch your phone. This is about letting people expecting a quick reply know you are driving and not planning to reply until you arrive. This saves you taking to chance to do that.
 

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This is so true. Observe the panic on people's faces when they realize they left their phone at home/office/wherever, or even in the trunk. People worry more about leaving their phone behind than they do their driver's license or wallet.
Phones now cost $1200, it’s nice to know where it is

Also, don’t you think responding to family members needing you or being able to call 911 is important?
 
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AllergyDoc

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Phones now cost $1200, it’s nice to know where it is

Also, don’t you think responding to family members needing you or being able to call 911 is important?
$1,200? iPhone X isn’t even on sale yet. But sure, you don’t want to lose an $800 device.

I helped raise 5 kids over a 30-year period. Guess how many true emergencies we had? Zero. Just like when my parents raised 6 kids. Zero true emergencies. Were we just plain lucky? Maybe. Might have been different if we had grown up and raised our kids in a dangerous neighborhood rather than a mid sized town in Central California. Forgetting a sack lunch isn’t an emergency nor is forgetting some piece of homework.

I’m not saying mobile phones aren’t great communication devices, they are. My point, and the point of the post I quoted, is, everything is going to be okay if you forget your phone for a couple of hours. There’s no reason to get all panicky, which is how people these days act.
 

ramses2005

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Hey this is not about ethics or moral issues. It’s just a new feature, independent of the fact that people shouldnt text and drive, we all know that. But as someone said, sometimes it lets people know that you are driving and you wont answer, and if is reslly urgent, it’ll pass the message on. Anyways, I just like the feature because I dont like notifications when driving byt I still like phone calls if im on my bluetooth and Id like to have a really sweet function working smoothly! That’s all!
 

phineasboggs

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My problem is that it won't allow me to call out even though I use earbuds 100% and don't text or answer texts in car.
There's no way, on my SE, to program this or turn it off. It turned itself on and blocked my attempted calls. Since then, I have tried everything possible to access and customize but without solution!
I want to disable it so it doesn't invoke itself.

When I go into settings>

Activate is set to greyed out Automatically
Auto Reply is set to Favorites (also greyed out)

And the supposed message is greyed out too.
Apparently it is sent, but I'm not so advised.

Once it's turned off, do you think they can find a way to shut up my very distracting husband?

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