Incoming messages

Incoming messages are displayed as notifications that animate down from the top of the screen.

Message notifications should be displayed if:

  • They are important enough to interrupt the driver
  • They are appropriate for driving

For example, friend request notifications are not appropriate driving interruptions.

The system may limit notifications if there are higher-priority items to show.

notification with primary and secondary actions
Notification with both primary and secondary actions displayed
notification animation
Animation of notification appearing

Anatomy of a message notification

Image and icon

An image of the notification source, such as an avatar, is paired with the badge of an app.


The user selects the message to play via text-to-speech (TTS). Reply prompts are given after the message plays.

Close icon

The user taps the close icon to dismiss a message.


Provided by the system

Message notification anatomy
Animation of notification appearing