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| On 4 weeks ago

Apple wants iPhones to detect car accidents and dial 911 automatically

By Aswin Kumar

Apple may have only recently launched its latest iPhones and Apple Watches, but next year’s models may include a function that detects a car collision and automatically contacts 911.

According to materials seen by The Wall Street Journal, which broke the storey first, the ‘crash detection’ capability may be launched as soon as next year.

The accelerometer chip in the smart gadgets would be able to identify crashes by detecting any changes or sharp increases in gravity or a force of impact. Apple has been testing the function for the past year, said WSJ.

According to the docs, it has anonymously acquired data from both iPhone and Watch users. Over 10 million ‘vehicles impacts’ have been identified so far, with over 50,000 of them resulting in a 911 call.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has used the 911 call data to improve the crash-detection algorithm, The Journal explained, citing the documents. 

Fall detection has been available on the Apple Watch since the Series 4, but this advancement would go a step further.

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Users will be notified if their walking stability is ‘low’ or ‘very low,’ and exercises to increase walking steadiness will be offered.

The feature’s release date could be pushed back or Apple could cancel it entirely, added the Journal.

Apple’s latest health and safety function, detecting an automobile crash, would be the latest addition to its products in recent years.

The first wristwatch with a blood oxygen level reader was the Apple Watch Series 6.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, stated in 2019 that the company’s greatest success would be “about health.”

‘I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ it will be about health,’ Cook told CNBC’s Jim Cramer at the time.

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