DRIVER SAFETY

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Ap­ple’s new iOS 11 soft­ware up­date has been wel­comed by Road Safety char­ity Brake. The up­date will in­clude a new ‘‘do not dis­turb while driv­ing’’ mode for iPhones. The new fea­ture will de­tect whether 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. Brake’s di­rec­tor Caro­line Perry said mo­bile phone use at the wheel was a grow­ing prob­lem. She said it was good to see some phone man­u­fac­tur­ers help­ing cut dis­trac­tions. A study found driv­ers who use phones at the wheel are four times more likely to be in a crash re­sult­ing in in­juries.

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