A Safe Driving Report from EverQuote claims that about 90% of American drivers use their smartphones when driving. They add that the analysis if EverDrive safe application proves that approximately 90 seconds of a 20-minute ride is spent on smartphones. Sadly, modern people are so addicted to their devices that cannot live without checking them even during a short trip to a supermarket or a recovery service. Bad habits can be even fatal sometimes, so Apple’s idea to ban texting and calling during a journey is a good idea for sure. No need to say, how dangerous careless driving may be. Each year, thousands of people suffer from their own and other drivers’ imprudence. To compare, the National Highway traffic Safety reports that a five-second look at a smartphone is equivalent to driving through a football field blindfolded. It is hard to imagine, how many possible victims can be caused by such a drive.
To reduce the number of tragedies caused by a dangerous habit to read and even type messages to your friends while at a driver’s place, Apple issued an application called ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ initially shipped as a part of Apple’s lineup for iOS in 2017. If you are driving, this feature detects it and blocks all notifications until the end of the journey to ensure that nothing will distract you from the road.
Do users really need this? Well, seems like they do. If you cannot resist a temptation to check your messages and communicate with your peers even under a danger of being injured or injuring someone else – there is nothing else left for you. Earlier, an application known as EverDrive has proven that most iPhone users appreciate this type of safety applications. From September 2017 to October 2017, EverDrive detected that Do Not Disturb feature was active on 80% of iPhone users during that time. Only 20% of users turned off this feature after the first-time use.
Those users who enabled Do Not Disturb feature on their phones used their devices 8% less than before. Maybe, this reduction is not critical, but at least Do Not Disturb helps to decrease the number of times drivers get distracted on the road and therefore have a potential to save someone’s life.
EverDrive made a survey for both Apple and Android device users and 40% of them didn’t know that such feature was available for them. For those who knew, 70% claimed that it made their driving safer and 30% said that messengers were not the reason for unsafe driving.
HOW TO USE DO NOT DISTURB WHILE DRIVING FEATURE ON YOUR DEVICE?
This application detects if you are in a car due to USB or Bluetooth connection in your vehicle system or by recognizing movement. Those users, who are not in a driver’s seat, can disable Do Not Disturb feature by tapping a button on a screen and confirming that they are just passengers.
When active, the feature blocks messages and call notifications from being shown on a screen, sending an automatic response to those people who are trying to contact you. This response warns them that you are driving now and will call them back after you are done. Thus, “favorite” contacts are still able to break through. Features like navigation, CarPlay, and music will continue working.
Before introducing this new feature, Apple suffered from critics’ pressure and was a subject of several lawsuits. For instance, in 2016 Apple was blamed for failing to include a “lock” function into FaceTime, as it was claimed that it could have prevented an accident that led to the death of a child in 2014.
In January 2017, similar allegations were made claiming that the company misses adding safety features since it cares more about profit and less about people. In summer 2017, another tragedy brought a father of a 13-years teenager killed by a texting driver. However, the court neglected his accusations saying that it was unreasonable to blame Apple since the real problem is driver’s disregard of safe driving rules.