No more distracted driving with this exciting new Apple Watch feature

Published March 26th, 2017 - 03:46 GMT
The Apple Watch. (Pexels)
The Apple Watch. (Pexels)

Using any device while driving can always be dangerous, even deadly, and to help reduce this distracted driving, Apple has come with a new patent feature for the Apple Watch. 

The new patent  seemingly intended for the Apple Watch will cut down on notifications as soon as the wearer hits the road. Filed back in 2016, the patent describes utilizing the Watch's motion-tracking features to detect when the wearer is going at high speeds, similar to how app sensation Pokemon Go activates its own "please don't hunt Psyducks at 60mph, please" feature. 

The patent also describes a system of prioritizing which messages light up on the Apple Watch's screen, as well as curbs the wearable's raise-to-wake display feature. This would ensure that more urgent matters "such as emergency calls" come through, but holds off on that spam email or Facebook notification. 

The patent also talks about cutting distractions by divvying up some of the Apple Watch's notification features to the car itself, mentioning that alerts could be rerouted "to interface elements within the vehicle," such as the dashboard screen, a windshield HUD, or in-car speaker system.

However, it is just a patent for now, so we will have to wait and see when it comes out. That is, if it does.


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