Last Updated on 22/11/2021 by Sunaina
According to reports, Apple is working on a new iPhone and Apple Watch function that detects traffic accidents and instantly contacts 911. According to The Wall Street Journal, the function will be available next year.
Google’s Personal Safety app for Pixel phones already contains a function to call for help when it detects automobile collisions, similar to linked car services such as GM’s OnStar, Subaru’s Starlink, and Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect. Many automobiles on the road today lack connectivity features, so having crash detection on an iPhone also means that more drivers will be able to obtain the aid they need in an accident as long as they have one in their pocket or affixed to their dash.
The growth of dangerous smartphone use in automobiles paved the door for integration systems such as CarPlay and Android Auto, with the former expected to feature in over 80% of new vehicles by 2020, according to Apple. Including a new collision detection capability in the iPhone alongside CarPlay might help Apple’s reported “IronHeart” project, which would connect the phone to automobile settings in the same way that HomeKit controls smart speakers and lights. Targeting the yearly $2 billion income stream generated by GM’s OnStar with built-in features would be very Apple.
While Apple’s accident detection hasn’t always performed as intended in the past, the firm has had plenty of time to collect data and analytics from eager iOS and watchOS customers. It remains to be known how well Apple will identify automobile accidents, much alone people falling. In February 2020, I fell off a scooter while wearing an Apple Watch Series 4, and the gadget was ready to notify emergency services until I hit the “I’m OK” button. However, during a more recent trip-and-fall event, my Apple Watch Series 7 did not provide aid.