Apple Patent Envisions a Smarter ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ Feature with Siri

Do Not Disturb While Driving iOS 11

A patent application from Apple published by the US Patent & Trademark Office possibly hints at Siri getting smarter to power the next version of the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature found in iOS 11. Apple first debuted the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature in which the OS automatically mutes all notifications when you are driving and also informs the same to the other party. 

The new patent describes how Apple plans on making it even better using Siri. In the patent, Apple envisions using Siri to get a response from the user for an incoming call like their current location and then sending it to the caller. Other use cases highlighted include a copy of the user’s calendar, device status, and text or voice message.

Systems and processes for operating a digital assistant are provided. In one example, a method includes receiving an incoming call. In response to receiving the incoming call, the method further includes obtaining one or more user-specific data items. The method further includes determining one or more user status options; and determining one or more confidence values associated with the one or more user status options. The method further includes in accordance with the determination of the one or more confidence values exceeding a predetermined threshold, providing a plurality of response options associated with declining the incoming call. The method further includes receiving a selection of a response option from the plurality of response options; and declining the call based on the selected response option.

With Apple possibly unveiling a smarter and more powerful Siri at WWDC this year as a part of iOS 12, it is possible that we could see the company unveil this feature as well. Unlike most of the other patent applications from Apple, this idea does not seem too far-fetched and it is certainly doable with the technology that is currently available.

Do you use the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature on your iPhone? Or do you find it gimmicky?

[Via Patently Apple]