‘ Do not dis­turb’ mode could cause prob­lems

Solihull News - - IT TALK - BY DAVE PINWELL

AP­PLE’S lat­est iPhone op­er­at­ing sys­tem up­grade, iOS11, is ex­pected to be re­leased next week.

With it comes the much her­alded ‘ Do Not Dis­turb Whilst Driv­ing’ mode, in­tended to block in­com­ing calls, texts, and other no­ti­fi­ca­tions when the user is driv­ing.

This has trig­gered a let­ter from a coali­tion of UK Road Safety cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tions ask­ing that the An­droid and Mi­crosoft op­er­at­ing sys­tems fol­low suit and pro­vide sim­i­lar func­tions.

They claim that driv­ers us­ing hand­sets when driv­ing are 33% slower to re­act than even those driv­ing af­ter drink­ing at the al­lowed limit. As a re­sult, they are four times more likely to be in a crash that causes in­jury, if us­ing a mo­bile at the wheel. They want all mo­biles to de­tect when the user is driv­ing, turn the screen blank, sus­pend all no­ti­fi­ca­tions and al­low use for calls only with hands- free de­vices un­til jour­ney’s end.

They are also ask­ing that au­to­matic replies can be sent via SMS to any­one try­ing to con­tact the user, say­ing the re­cip­i­ent is driv­ing and will re­spond later, as the new Ap­ple sys­tem will.

What is not clear with ei­ther th­ese pro­pos­als or the ex­pected iOS re­lease, is how some le­git­i­mate uses will not be blocked in this mode. Ex­perts are ask­ing how some­one go­ing some­where as a pas­sen­ger, even on a train, will be able to use their phone with­out dis­abling the func­tion.

Then there are Apps that driv­ers may use, such as Nav­i­ga­tion Apps, which are screen de­pen­dent. A driver who dithers be­cause of not know­ing where to go is surely as dan­ger­ous as one read­ing a text.

They want all mo­biles to de­tect when the user is driv­ing.

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