Apple iOS 11 will automatically lock down your phone while you're driving

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When the company releases its new iOS 11 operating system for iPhones later this year, the software will come with a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode, Business Insider reports.

With its new iOS 11 operating system for the iPhone, Apple has introduced a system for discouraging people from sending messages while driving. Once it determines you're driving, your phone will, at the "end of that first drive" offer you the option of activating DNDWD whenever your phone detects you're in a auto.

This feature will automatically silence any incoming notifications and lock down each users' screen when driving is detected. Should anyone try to contact you when you're on the move, they'll be sent an automated reply, which says "I'm driving with Do Not Disturb turned on".

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Notably, Apple is announcing the new feature six months after it was sued for not including one like it in a case involving a fatal auto crash that was blamed on a teenager driving while using the iPhone's FaceTime video calling app. Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and can not respond until they arrive at their destination.

The new "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature will go into effect six months after Bethany and James Modisette sued Apple for failing to provide the iPhone safety feature that it patented in 2014. These favourites will, if they text you, be given the option of replying with the word "urgent" in their message.

Recent figures obtained by the Press Association showed that more than 200 drivers a day were caught using their phones illegally in a major crackdown.

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