Apple is usually reportedly working on a new iPhone and Apple Watch feature that detects if you’re in the car crash and dials 911 automatically.
The existing plan is to roll out such a feature next year.
Google’s Personal Safety app on Pixel phones already includes a feature to call for help when it detects car crashes, just like connected car services in modern vehicles do, which includes GM’s OnStar, Subaru’s Starlink , plus Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect.
Many cars on the highway today are not equipped with any connectivity features, so getting crash detection on an iPhone too means more drivers can get the help they need in an accident as long as they have one particular in their pocket or installed to their dash.
The rise of hazardous smartphone usage in vehicles made way for integration systems like CarPlay and Android Auto, the former appearing within nearly 80 percent of new vehicles in 2020, based on Apple.
Building a new crash detection feature into the iPhone alongside CarPlay could bolster Apple’s rumoured IronHeart project to connect its phone with car settings in the same way HomeKit controls sensible speakers and lighting. Focusing on the annual $2 billion dollars (roughly Rs. 14, 915 crore) revenue stream that GM brings in with OnStar with the built-in features might be a very Apple company thing to do.
While Apple’s incident detection hasn’t always worked well as intended in the past, the company has had many years to collect information and analytics on ready iOS and watchOS customers. It remains to be seen how accurately Apple will be able to detect car crashes, let alone people falling.