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by Shane Stokes
June 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bouwman quickest of breakaway group to win stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Froome to measure himself against GC riders in Critérium du Dauphiné time trial; Dumoulin extends Team Sunweb contract, commits until end of 2021; 2016 runner-up Izagirre in strong condition for Tour de Suisse; Colbrelli extends with Bahrain-Merida; Coquard needs to give ‘guarantees’ to get Tour de France ride; With report looming, British Cycling directors set to be replaced under new reforms; The Dos and Don’ts of Racing; New Iphone operating system to include a safety feature which should protect cyclists; Video: Thomas De Gendt post-race interview, Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2017; Video: Respect the riders; Video: Alberto Contador at Teide’s training camp; Video: Hammer Series Chase: Onboard highlights; Video: Why I Love Cycling
This year’s upcoming release of iOS 11 for Apple devices will include a new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode, a measure which could well end up saving cyclists’ lives. The feature will disable calls, alerts and notifications by default, and will be automatically enabled once the phone detects the user is driving.
The use of cellphones while driving has been linked to an increase in the number of road traffic accidents, including those involving cyclists. Using such a device while moving is generally forbidden, but each year many motorists ignore this rule.
According to Business Insider, the operating system will assume you are driving if your mobile device connects to the car’s Bluetooth system. Alternatively, it can use the wifi antenna on the phone to detect when a user is moving at speed. The feature can be disabled via the application system but, otherwise, drivers won’t be able to get to their home screen and open any applications.
“It’s all about keeping your eyes on the road,” stated Apple’s Craig Federighi. “When you are driving you don’t need to be responding to these kinds of messages. We think this is going to be a real important step in safety in the car.”
Apple was sued six months ago in relation to a case involving a fatal car crash blamed on a teenage driver using the company’s FaceTime video calling app. The company was blamed for not including such a feature.
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