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June 14, 2017 at 11:18 AM

A new 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature is due to be released with Apple's iOS 11 update, removing the temptation to look at mobile phone alerts whilst you are driving.

Apple announced the new mode at WWDC in San Jose. The new function stops all notifications from showing when it detects, using a Bluetooth connection or Wi-Fi doppler, that you are driving which could save motorists from a large fine.  

When the function is active your iPhone screen will be blacked out until you stop driving. Your phone will also respond automatically to any texts informing whoever tries to contact you that you are driving. If someone receives an automatic response from you, they can reply with the word 'urgent' and their message will be sent through to you. You can set the function to automatically trigger as soon as you start driving, saving you from having to turn it on and off while you work.

Car and van drivers face a £200 fine and 6 points for using their phone behind the wheel, whilst HGV and bus drivers can receive a fine of up to £2,500.

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