Apple iOS 11 automatically lock down your phone while you're driving

Apple will target distracted motorists with a new feature that will automatically block incoming iPhone notifications while you drive.

The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is part of the iOS 11 operating system, revealed at the Apple Developers World Conference in San Jose, California yesterday.

Users can choose to activate the feature, which automatically refuses alerts and notifications when the phone detects it in a moving vehicle.

"When you have finished this first disc, we will suggest" hi, what do we say that we do not mind when driving? "Said Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi at the conference.

"And when we do, instead of seeing all these notifications, we have this new user interface for you."

The slide show behind him showed an iPhone with a black screen.

Although it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in most countries, statistics show that an increasing number of motorists admit the use of one anyway, exposing them to an increased risk of accidents.

The feature may prove popular with drivers who want help with blocking these distractions. In addition to blocking notifications, it allows users to send an automatic reply to contacts listed in their favorites to explain their delayed response.

Do not disturb while driving uses a Bluetooth car connection or the Doppler effect on Wi-Fi to know when the device is in a moving vehicle.

Other features of iOS 11 include a new augmented reality platform, ARKit, for developers to create experiences based on the iPhone camera.

Siri updates will make the voice wizard more powerful, incorporating machine-based learning to provide more personalized information to users.

The big hardware announcement of yesterday's event was the arrival of Apple's smart speaker, Homepod, a rival of the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The Apple Worldwide Developers conference continues until June 9, 2017.