Here’s Some Driving Related Features In iOS 11

There are three new features in iOS 11 that are focused around drivers. One that everyone around the world can use to be safer while driving. The other two will be of interest to US, UK, and Chinese readers of this blog, but hopefully will impact drivers in other parts of the world eventually.

The first feature is called Do Not Disturb While Driving. It’s designed to block incoming calls, texts, and notifications while you’re driving. The idea is that if you don’t see notifications and the like, you’re not going to be one of those distracted drivers. Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  3. Scroll down to “Do Not Disturb While Driving.”
  4. Tap on “Activate” to choose how you want Do Not Disturb While Driving to be turned on.

Now here’s where you have to make a decision. There’s three settings that you can choose from:

  • Manual basically gives you the option of turning it off and on when you feel the need to do so.
  • When connected to car Bluetooth will only activate it when it connects via Bluetooth to your car.
  • Automatically activates this feature whenever motion is detected. This can be inconvenient if you’re a passenger, so you’ll need to turn it off and the quickest way to do that is by tapping the persistent Do Not Disturb While Driving popup at the top of the display to let the iPhone know you’re a passenger. Plus this activated for me when I was out on a bike ride. The thing is, I tend to want to hear alerts while out for a ride just in case I need to respond to something.

Personally, I would set it to only activate when the iPhone is connected via Bluetooth.

One final point before I move on. If you use Apple CarPlay in your vehicle, none of this applies to you because CarPlay suppresses app notifications and handles texts and phone calls in a way that is less distracting. Now if you want to learn more about this feature, Apple has a very good support document which includes a couple of other handy tips that might interest you. Including how to use this with the teen driver in your home.

Now there are two other driving related features that appeared in iOS 11, but for now are only usable by people in the US, UK and China. The first being Lane Guidance. With this feature Apple Maps will always let you know what lane you should be in at a turn, exit, or a junction point. That way you don’t go the wrong way by being in the wrong way. However the only people who can leverage this feature at present are people in the US and China. But I hope that it comes to other places soon as this is a feature that Apple Maps desperately needs.

The second is Speed Limits. This feature puts a speed limit sign on the top left corner of your Apple Maps display to let you know how fast you should be going. This is handy in the US where you can get a ticket in some places in the US for being just a couple of mile per hour over the speed limit. But this feature is limited to the US and UK for now. As this is another feature that Apple Maps desperately needs, I hope Apple quickly brings this to other countries soon.




One Response to “Here’s Some Driving Related Features In iOS 11”

  1. […] But in the process of doing so, I have discovered a bit of an inconsistency with Apple’s new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that showed up in iOS […]

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