Apple to introduce iPhone app to prevent distracted driving


Want your child to stop texting while driving?

Brake, a road safety charity which promoted road safety campaigns, says mobile use by drivers is a growing issue in New Zealand and Apple is playing its part in cutting back distractions. "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 vehicle".

With the company's latest mobile software update, iOS 11, Apple is finally adding native GIF support to your iPhone.

"When you are driving, you don't need to be responding to these kind of messages".

The new iOS file manager was shown off during the course of WWDC 2017 by Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi, demonstrating the app's support for nested folders, search, tagging, and both local and cloud storage.

There remains some wiggle room, however, so it's unclear just how effective the setting will be.

Texting while driving accounts for more than 1.6 million crashes every year, according to national surveys and reports. Messages can get past the feature if a contact relays that the message is "urgent", though. And on any given day, around 660,000 people are on their cell phones or other electronic devices while driving.

The app can also check for the apps you had installed on your Android device and, if they are available in the Apple App Store, it will queue them up for download. The feature will also enable screen locking so that drivers won't be able to access their phones while on the wheel.

Joel Feldman also lost his daughter to a distracted driver in 2009, and founded the advocacy group End Distracted Driving.

In November 2015, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: "I think if you're looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore?"