Here's How iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Works

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iOS 11 introduces a new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that's designed to block incoming calls, texts, and notifications while you're driving, with the aim of cutting down on distractions to prevent accidents.

    Do Not Disturb While Driving was enabled in the second developer beta of iOS 11, and is available now for developers and public beta testers. We went hands-on with the feature to give MacRumors readers an idea of how it works.

    An extension of the existing Do Not Disturb feature that blocks incoming notifications during set times, such as while you're asleep, Do Not Disturb While Driving can be set to come on automatically, when connected to a car's Bluetooth, or manually.

    With the automatic setting, Do Not Disturb While Driving will turn on whenever your iPhone detects the acceleration of a vehicle, an option that could be inconvenient when you're a passenger (though you can toggle it off in this situation). The Bluetooth setting turns the feature on whenever your phone connects to your car's Bluetooth, an ideal setting if you're the only person who drives your vehicle, and manually, as the name suggests, lets you turn it on from the Control Center.

    While active, Do Not Disturb While Driving will mute incoming phone calls, notifications, and text messages, and your iPhone's screen will stay dark. For texts, there is an option to send your contacts a message that lets them know you're driving and will get back to them later. In an emergency, a person who is attempting to contact you via text while you're driving can break through Do Not Disturb by sending a second "urgent" message. The auto reply can be customized and turned on for all contacts, or specific groups like favorites or recents.

    Phone calls are allowed so long as an iPhone is connected to a car's Bluetooth or a hands-free accessory, allowing you to respond without needing to pick up your phone. If not connected to Bluetooth or a compatible accessory, calls will be blocked like text messages and notifications.

    Do Not Disturb While Driving is a fully optional feature that drivers can choose not to use or can toggle off at any time, but it's an important new safety feature that you should consider turning on to cut down on distractions.

    For parents of teenagers, there's also a specific restriction setting (General --> Restrictions --> Do Not Disturb While Driving) that prevents Do Not Disturb settings from being changed, so you can make sure children are driving safely.

    Article Link: Here's How iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Works
  2. pat500000 macrumors 604


    Jun 3, 2015
    They should disable imessage or any texting app while driving. If the drivers tries to do some hanky panky with messages, it should give a message," look at the!"
  3. eagle33199 macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2007
    Any bets on how long until the government starts requiring this for all phones? When they do, I bet you have to disable it manually every time, you won't e able to opt out.
  4. raniel macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    Are we that stupid nowadays that we need an app that will remind us that using a phone while driving can be dangerous?

    I dont need this, I just use my common sense.
  5. AlphaTeam macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2005
    But you can force it on a teen who doesn't always make the best decisions.
  6. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    I love this

    They should make it DEFAULT on all iphones thus reducing car accidents.

    Many people just can't put down the iphone during drives.

    Thank you Apple.
  7. nwcs macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2009
    Given the number of accidents caused by distracted driving.... Yes, it appears society needs a way to tamp down the temptation to be continually connected; most people are terrible at policing themselves. Laws won't "fix" bad behavior but if manufacturers do things like this that encourage safety then it's a good thing.
  8. TurboPGT! Suspended

    Sep 25, 2015
    This might be good for users without CarPlay. Having used CarPlay now in my new vehicle, Apple designed that UI to be exceptionally Eyes Free if you choose it to be. No need for full blown DND.
  9. Relentless Power, Jun 30, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    In some respects, yes, certain drivers are stupid. They choose to disregard driving laws and become distracted with their phone with text messages and other media while they're driving, potentially causing a risk for accidents on the roadway. At least with do not disturb, those who choose to utilize this feature, is a tool that can help prevent those who are tempted to look at their device while driving.

    Give credit where credit is due, at least Apple thinking about other drivers on the roadway and putting a feature out there that least is an option to take advantage of for safety precautions.
  10. davie18 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2010
    But how can they do that? How do they know when you're driving?
  11. Yojimbo007 macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2012
    A responsible person does not text and drive or engage in any distracting activity while driving anyway.. with or without this feature.

    But an irresponsible person will simply turn off the feature..
    That is the rub...IMO
  12. pat500000 macrumors 604


    Jun 3, 2015
  13. Json81 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2012
  14. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    i hate all this safety crap for cars now. cars have always had distractions. Screens make it even easier many times but crippling them makes them worse. Like CarPlay in chevy doesn't let you scroll through much music. None of this stuff takes any consideration for the passenger into play either. i want full control of the screen and phone at all times.... and no stupid warnings on my car screen telling me to operate it responsibly every time i start the car
  15. Json81 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2012
    Pretty sure GPS doesn't magically know if you're the driver or a passenger.
  16. Larry-Bloom macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2009
    only Siri function are working when in this mode...
  17. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    Would be nice if non-Apple messaging apps could interface with this and work just like iOS Messages.
  18. pat500000 macrumors 604


    Jun 3, 2015
    How does map work then?

    Edit: location enabler....
  19. justiny Contributor


    Jul 28, 2008
    Fairfield, NJ
    If you ride a motorcycle like I do, you will see first hand just how collectively stupid we are as a society when it comes to operating a motor vehicle.

    Sadly, a lot of people either don't have common sense or simply don't care about other people while driving. So yes, we are that stupid that we need an app like this.
  20. pat500000 macrumors 604


    Jun 3, 2015
    I say 2nd choice: people don't care.
  21. macsba macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2015
    Next to my Mac.
    Could be possible for Apple requiring non-Apple messaging apps from the developers to conform to the upcoming iOS feature or have the app removed from the App Store
  22. gene731 macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2015
    Why not just turn your phone off. Pretty lame I think. Like others have said the ones that don't care will disable it anyway.
  23. pat500000 macrumors 604


    Jun 3, 2015
    Not everyone is going to turn off the phone. What if emergency call? "Hold on...i have chest pain..can't breath...gasp...shoot i forgot to turn on the phone."
  24. nt5672 macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    This is the biggest problem with this. Since the computer can't know if the device is being used by the passenger or driver, government will eventually force the phone to be disabled at all times while the device is in motion to "save the children".

    So no, I don't and will never support this no matter how many crazy idiots claim it improves safety. There are lots of ways to die, and the only way to stop them all is for the government to lock each person in a padded room with automatic light based on time of day, no electric outlets, TV turned to the government channel, and finally to push liquid nutrients under the door. You would sleep on the floor so you don't fall too far. And even with all of this, I'll bet some people will find a way to die.

    Dying is a perfectly normal way for nature to get rid of idiots. We should let nature do its job.
  25. Json81 macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2012
    Not sure what you mean, but there's no possible way for a phone to determine if you are the driver or a passenger.

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