Slated for a fall release, Apple iOS 11 is set to include a new 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature that will limit drivers' access to their phones.
According to the National Safety Council, one in four car accidents are caused by texting while driving.
Using a Bluetooth, WiFi or cable connection, iPhones will be able to detect when a phone is in a moving car. It will automatically lock the phone and turn all notifications off, except for navigation.
"When you're texting you're taking your eyes off the road for about five seconds to read a text message," Jay Lafarr, a driving instructor at Motor Mirth Defensive Driving, said. "That's a football field length."
In place of a response from the driver, an automatic reply will be sent to contacts. Critics of the new feature call it a nuisance, while others think it's well worth it.
"If I don't have to worry that my little sister, my mom, my friends being distracted while driving that's all that matters," Katie Murtagh-Huerta, a young driver, said.
As for passengers, they can turn off the feature simply by pressing an 'I Am Not Driving' button on the phone.
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