With the Release of the Apple iPhone 14 comes the release of one of the company’s newest features: Emergency SOS. Emergency SOS allows you to connect to emergency services via a satellite connection, as opposed to cellular data or WiFi, which are sparse in remote areas. This week’s feature rescued a man who went missing in the Alaskan wildernessbut there are still kinks that need to be worked on Apple’s foray into expanded emergency alerts.
MacRumors reported that at 2:00 a.m. Local time, a man traveling by snowmobile from Noorvik to Kotzebue stranded in the Alaskan wilderness and activated his iPhone Emergency SOS function. Local search and rescue teams worked with Apple’s Emergency Response Center to locate and take away the man bring him to safety in Kotzebue. The man has not been reported injuries acc a broadcast from the Alaska Department of Public Safety, State Troopers.
It was a godsend for the man to be able to contact Apple and authorities immediately after getting lost in the wild. According to that National Weather Servicethe average temperature in the Kotzebue area yesterday was 19 degrees Fahrenheit, and the area is currently under a winter storm warning until Saturday evening.
It’s a high-stakes success story of Apple technology going right and possibly saving someone’s life as a result. But what about the times when similar Apple technology went wrong? Apple has been toying with emergency features in one way or another for years, but there’s another new feature alongside Emergency SOS integration on the iPhone 14 Crash detection for the phonewhich can automatically alert emergency services when a serious accident is detected.
It’s a noble concept and it’s advertised as having the potential to help those who have it get into a car accident, for example, but the feature is not without flaws. Crash detection might be a bit too sensitive there News surfaced this week that skiers must explain to the police that they are not injured or in danger, but are simply participating in the intense movement of winter sports. It was widely reported earlier this fall roller coaster would also trigger crash detection.
Obviously, one could argue that software hiccups are a normal part of the process as features become more sophisticated. The good thing here is that Emergency SOS seems to work smoothly, probably because it puts more of a strain on people –she emergency services need to reach, while Crash Detection automatically notifies authorities. However, the crash detection has its flaw.sit’It’s better that it works a little too well than not well enough.