Apple kicked off its annual installment of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2018) earlier this morning in San Jose, CA. As always, the event began with a keynote address led by CEO Tim Cook. The keynote was full of new information including juicy details about iOS 11.
A new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode (referred to as DNDWD here on after) will be available in iOS 11. Apple will use Bluetooth and wifi to determine if you’re connected to a car or moving in one to suggest the new mode. If you accept entering DNDWD, your notifications will be turned off.
If you’re a passenger in the car, you can bypass DNDWD and continue to use your iPhone.
There are also automated responses included in Messages which will inform people that you’re driving and can’t respond immediately. In case of urgent messages, the person trying to contact you can respond with ‘Urgent’ to still get their message to you.
DNDWD is an honest attempt by Apple to improve safety while driving by reducing distractions. But the mode isn’t fool-proof. By telling your iPhone you’re a passenger, drivers will still be able to bypass DNDWD. Or you can tap ‘Not Now’ when DNDWD is first suggested and continue using the iPhone (top image).
iOS 11 will be available as a free upgrade to iPhone users this Fall.