A new update to Apple’s iOS 11 will include a feature that disables text messages to your phone while you’re driving; specifically when your iPhone is connected to your car either by Bluetooth or with a cable.
If you receive a text while driving, your iPhone can respond with a message saying that you’re ‘driving and can’t respond just now.’
Your iPhone screen will also be locked to prevent using many apps while your car is moving – BUT – you’ll be able to use Apple Maps while driving, and Google Maps, although not quite as easily.
The feature will sense whether you’re moving, and once initialized, will ask you to launch whenever it thinks you’re driving; if you are riding a bus or train, for example, you’ll be able to dismiss the notice. Also, you can identify certain contacts whose texts will display if they reply ‘urgent’ to the app’s ‘not available’ message.
Passengers will be able to disable the screen-lock feature.
If your vehicle has Apple CarPlay, you’ll be able to hear and respond to your texts using voice commands. Apple CarPlay is available from several manufacturers including General Motors, Honda, BMW and Fiat Chrysler.