Brake welcomes iPhone’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ function

6th June 2017

Brake welcomes iPhone's 'Do Not Disturb' function (image credit: Marjan_Apostolovic via Thinkstock)

UK road safety charity Brake has welcomed the launch of a new iPhone feature that ensures drivers will be less distracted at the wheel.

Available as part of the latest iOS 11 software update, iPhone users are now able to turn on a new "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode for their mobile devices.

It means the phone is able to detect when a person is driving and will automatically turn off all notifications, as well as sending an automated text response to those trying to get in contact with the individual when they are travelling.

Jason Wakeford, spokesperson for Brake, commented: "Mobile use behind the wheel is a growing menace and so Brake would like to see similar initiatives from other phone manufacturers to help cut distractions in the car."

However, he concluded that while advances in technology, such as this, are to be applauded, rigorous enforcement of mobile phone prohibition laws for motorists must also take place.

Mr Wakeford went on to argue that tougher penalties for those who flout the law and use a mobile device when driving should now be introduced, while the issue needs to be made a national priority among traffic policing.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Distraction is one of the most common causes of accidents on the road, and the mobile phone is one of the biggest distractions there is.

"Including a feature that ensures iPhone users will no longer be pestered by calls, texts and notifications is therefore a good first step to eliminating this risk for UK drivers."