Campaigners have backed a new ‘do not disturb while driving’ feature, set to be launched for iPhones.
Apple has included the setting in its new iOS 11 software update, which will be rolled out later this year, and it is believed it will keep motorists and other road users safer.
The new feature will detect when someone is driving and turn off all notifications, as well as setting an automatic text response to notify friends and family when the driver is behind the wheel.
Jason Wakeford, spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “This new feature is to be welcomed and will help drivers stay focused on the road and not their phones. Mobile use behind the wheel is a growing menace and so Brake would like to see similar initiatives from other phone manufactures to help cut distractions in the car.
“Advances in technology must also be accompanied by rigorous enforcement and tougher penalties for those who flout the law. Traffic policing should be made a national priority, to ensure that drivers have the expectation that if they use a mobile phone behind the wheel, they will be caught and punished.”
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