Messaging apps Notifications


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

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 both primary and secondary actions displayed

Animation of notification appearing

Anatomy of a 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