Apple Is On A Mission To Combat Distracted Driving With Its Latest iPhone Update

From messaging a friend on Whatsapp, to picking up the phone at a red light, Apple is finally putting an end to dangerous driving habits.

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Do you ever get the urge to look at a text message while you're driving, or flick through Twitter while waiting in a line of traffic on the motorway? Well, soon that won't be an issue as Apple are taking innovative measures to keep our eyes firmly fixated on the road.

According to CNN, the tech giant's iOS 11 operating system will offer a 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' mode for iPhones in their latest update, set for release later this year.

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The new feature will reportedly work by detecting when your phone is connected to a car - using either a cable or Bluetooth -, whether its owner is in a moving vehicle, and subsequently block any notifications that come through from texts, updates, Tinder messages and gaming applications.

Not only will this stop technophiles from checking their notifications while driving, but the home screen will also be locked to prevent users from opening apps.

However, iPhone owners will still be able to use navigation apps, like Apple Maps and Google Maps as well as Apple CarPlay.

The Sun reports Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, revealed the new feature at the Worldwide Developers conference in San Diego earlier this week, explaining: 'When you are driving, you don't need to be responding to these kind of messages. We think this is going to be a real important step in safety in the car.'

We couldn't agree more, Craig.

While users can turn on the iPhone's current 'Do Not Disturb' mode (by swiping up and clicking on the moon icon), Apple have revealed the update's new feature responds to incoming texts from a fellow iPhone with an automatic reply, informing friends and family you're behind the wheel and unavailable.

If that's not enough, the feature will also be optional for passengers, but can be disabled if they need to focus on other activities, such as DJing, providing directions and changing the radio station.

Safety first, people.

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