Apple Watch comes as a successful device in reading notifications, and answering calls when your iPhone is away. But, it somehow causes a distraction while driving. Apple s latest patent hints at a new feature which will enable Apple Watch users to receive only the important notifications while driving and not distract them at the same time. The patent titled Detecting controllers in vehicles using wearable devices was filed by Apple last fall and it was awarded yesterday. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaksAlso Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
As reported by 9to5Mac, the patent describes that the Apple Watch would detect whether one is driving or not through motion detection, and accordingly change the alerts. One could control on what kind of alerts can be received and how many alerts should be sent.
The patent reads, In some embodiments, notifications are completely prevented while the user is controlling the vehicle. In other embodiments, high priority notifications such as emergency calls are permitted while low priority notifications such as incoming e-mails are suppressed.
Apple s patent further describes how users can customize the alerts. The car manufacturers would also be allowed to make the customizations accordingly, and this would have to do with CarPlay. With this, car manufacturers would be able to divert alerts and notifications to CarPlay s display and speakers instead of the Apple Watch s display and speaker. ALSO READ: Apple Watch 3 likely to launch in September alongside iPhone 8; here s what we know so far
This feature as explained in the patent reads, In some embodiments, the amount and type of notifications prevented from reaching the user may be configured by the user, while in other embodiments it may be controlled by the manufacturer and inaccessible to the user (e.g., to comply with regulatory requirements on driver distraction.) In some embodiments, the wearable device may instead re-route notifications from the device display or speakers to interface elements within the vehicle, such as an in-dash or heads up display or vehicle speakers, rather than preventing notifications from reaching the user.
Apple’s CarPlay allows iPhone users to customize important tasks and transfer them to the car s built-in display. With this one can place calls, send and receive messages and listen to music as well, with your iPhone connected. However, one still receives fitness alerts on the Apple Watch and the display wakes up with wrist moves. ALSO READ: Pok mon GO app for Apple Watch launched, but you still need an iPhone to catch em all
The Do Not Disturb mode allows iPhone users to limit calls and notifications to VIP contacts only. There s Theatre Mode as well which allows users to mute alerts and disables the screen from waking up unless tapped on. Apple with its latest patent would be taking things up a notch for the Apple Watch.
Though quite different but Apple’s new custom alert feature does remind you of Samsung’s S-bike mode. Aimed at two-wheeler users, the mode helps prevent drivers from getting distracted. It sends an auto-SMS with an estimate of when the user is likely to be available for a call. The S bike mode bars any notification for an incoming call (to avoid distraction), but in case the call is important, the caller may choose to press 1, to go through with the call. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy J3 2016 with S bike mode: Hands-on and first impressions