Apple Car doesn't exist yet, but it's not long before we get (?) Apple car crash confirmation
We've been waiting for Apple Car for a while now, but it could happen sometime this decade.
Personally, I'm very happy with the few Apple products I have (my MacBook Air, for example) and I would be curious to see what the famous Apple Car would look like, although I don't really die over it.
However, for those of you who love the brand, I can imagine that "iCar" would eventually be a must, and in that case there is a long wait. pain.
But, folks, there is no need to despair. We may not have an Apple Car yet, but the best thing is closest to us: Apple's Car Crash Alerts. And 911 Auto-Dial.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites company documents and people familiar with the matter, the feature would be available for both iPhones and Apple Watches.
Mechanical sensors, such as accelerators, would be employed to "detect accidents as they occur," in part by measuring sudden spikes in gravity force impact.
The report claims that Apple has been testing the feature for a year now by collecting data shared anonymously by iPhone and Apple Watch users:
Apple's products have already detected more than 10 million vehicle effects, and more than 50,000 included a call to 911.
Apple has been using 911 call data to improve the accuracy of its crash detection algorithm, as an emergency call related to a suspicious impact gives Apple more confidence that it's actually a car crash, according to the documents.
There is something familiar about that
Does this ring a bell?
He is very familiar with the Fall Detection that Apple introduced in 2022 for the Apple Watch SE and Series 4 or later. It can detect if the user has dropped hard and automatically 911, if the user does not tap the "I'm OK" button.
While I do not follow all of Apple's features, I cannot stress enough the importance of being able to detect when you are in danger and also call emergency services unknowingly that you cannot do that.
Scale up from detecting a hard fall to marking a real car accident is certainly impressive and, needless to say, it could save lives. I mean, your phone or watch would not prevent an accident from happening, but they could save you valuable time by automatically alerting 911.
According to the WSJ, Apple plans to launch the feature for iPhones and Apple Watches in 2022, but the timeline is not fixed.
So Apple Car is not yet on the horizon immediately, but such a safety feature would be much more useful. And I hope that with the advent of the Apple Car, the crash detector will only be used by iDrivers.
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