Apple is reportedly working on a new iPhone and Apple Watch feature that will detect when you’re in a car accident and automatically dial 911. The current plan is to introduce such a feature next year.
Google’s Personal Safety app on Pixel phones already includes a feature that lets you call for help in car accidents, as does connected car services in modern vehicles, including GM’s OnStar, Subaru’s Starlink, and Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect.
Many cars on the road today are not equipped with connectivity functions. So if you also get accident detection on an iPhone, more drivers can get the help they need in an accident as long as they have one in their pockets or on the dashboard.
The rise in unsafe smartphone use in cars gave way to integration systems like CarPlay and Android Auto, with the former appearing in almost 80 percent of new vehicles in 2020, according to Apple.
Adding a new crash detection feature to the iPhone alongside CarPlay could help Apple’s rumored IronHeart project connect its phone to its car settings in the same way that HomeKit controls smart speakers and lights. Targeting the $ 2 billion (roughly Rs 14,915 billion) annual revenue stream that GM is bringing in with OnStar with its built-in features would be a very Apple thing.
While Apple’s accident detection has not always worked as intended in the past, the company has had many years to collect data and analysis for willing iOS and watchOS users. It remains to be seen how exactly Apple can detect car accidents or even falls.