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Apple Watch calls emergency services for man after he was involved in a terrifying car accident

Stewart Perrie

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Apple Watch calls emergency services for man after he was involved in a terrifying car accident

An Australian man owes his life to his Apple Watch after it helped alert emergency services following a terrifying car accident.

Blake Jackson's iPhone 14 automatically detected the car he was travelling in had come to an abrupt stop for no reason.

The new device and watch have been fitted with incredible technology that can sense if you've been involved in a serious crash.

They've both got a high-g accelerometer and improved gyroscope, plus the barometer, microphone, and GPS, that all work in tandem to detect sudden changes in movement.

These features all kicked into gear when Blake's car collided with two large truck tyres in the middle of the road in Adelaide.

He recalled to 9News about what was going through his head when he realised he was on a collision course.

Credit: 9News
Credit: 9News

"That's gonna suck for wherever that lands," he explained. "And then I'm like, oh, it's actually right in front of me now and nowhere to go. Nothing. Nothing I could do and just smash, bang into it.

"So I braced, not really knowing how big of an impact it was gonna be or whether it was just gonna bounce off and I'd keep going. I just held on and hoped for the best."

The crash was intense. The air bags were deployed and there was an impressive dent in the front of Blake's car.

As he laid there in the debris of the accident, his Apple Watch started vibrating and asked him if he'd been in a crash.

When he confirmed it with the watch, it called emergency services as well as the emergency contact in his phone.

Blake says everyone should have their emergency contacts up to date so that they can respond if the worst should happen to you.

He explained to 9News: "There's the Health ID, which has all your blood type and stuff in there, plus your friends and family contact details.

"It's just impressed me so much that it's phenomenal. I've just got an Apple Watch, and it connected me straight away.

"I probably hadn't gathered my thoughts enough to think about ringing triple-zero so it did the work for me."

Apple's new products have already been making some real-world impacts after only dropping on the market recently.

If you need some helping updating your emergency contacts list, head here for all the information.




Featured Image Credit: 9News

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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