An update for the Windows 8 operating system will add Driving Mode to the software. The setting, which can be set to activate automatically when a smartphone connects to a vehicle’s Bluetooth system, blocks notifications of arriving text messages and phone calls so that drivers won’t be distracted, the Associated Press notes.
Outgoing calls and texts are not blocked by the feature.
Users can set the feature to respond to communication attempts with a message indicating that the users is driving. The feature is similar to a feature found in Apple‘s (AAPL) iOS software, though iPhone users must manually activate their Do Not Disturb setting.
Smartphones running Windows 8 will begin receiving the update over the next several weeks. It marks the third major update for the new OS, which was released last year. The update also adapts Windows to larger screen phones.
Shares of Microsoft rose slightly in Monday morning trading.