There is every reason to believe that the development and implementation of the emergency road call function in gadgets is related to Apple’s ongoing development of an electric vehicle.
iPhone and Apple Watch will learn how to independently call emergency services in the event of an accident. The digital giant (and soon the automotive) from Cupertino announced the development of a system that can recognize serious road accidents. Based on the signals provided by various sensors, the system built into electronic gadgets will be able to determine a serious threat to those in the car.
In such a situation, the scenario of action will be similar to the already existing similar algorithm on the Apple Watch. If anyone does not know, today the fall detection function works in smartwatches based on readings from a gyroscope and an accelerometer. If the watch registers critically strong accelerations, this gives the program reason to believe that the owner has fallen (hit by a car, hit hard, etc.) In this case, a warning signal sounds. If there is no reaction from the owner, using the interactive Siri assistant, the call will automatically go to the rescue service.
There is every reason to believe that the development and implementation of the emergency road call function in gadgets is related to Apple’s ongoing development of an electric vehicle. At the first stage, the technology will be tested on our own mobile devices, and with the release of the car, it will be transferred to it almost ready-made. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal confirms the seriousness of Yabloko’s intentions: it says about 10 million test cycles. The system should be able to evaluate the input data as accurately as possible in order to minimize the likelihood of a false call — for example, in the event of emergency braking or a slight (but sharp) wheel hit against a curb.
Similar work was actively carried out by manufacturers of active safety systems in the late XX — early XXI century. So that the brakes and engine management systems would not interfere with the ride once again, and the airbags would not be shot in the faces of the riders on every bump, the accelerometers were “trained” for thousands of different types of road situations. In order to teach the complex on a real trip to one hundred percent determine the need for this or that action.
According to the company, the accident recognition system is due to be presented next summer at the Worldwide Developers Conference — an international conference of developers on the Apple platform. And if all the plans of the corporation are destined to come true, then we can see the innovation in the series already in the fall of 2022.
An experienced motorist will immediately see an analogy with his native domestic ERA-GLONASS. Agree, the structure of our system is actually the same, and the tasks are absolutely identical: if it is impossible to call the rescue service, make a call without the participation of the victims. And at the same time, inform some important parameters — for example, the force of the airbags deployment (if they have several degrees of filling) and the location of the car.
But the catch is that no matter how lobbied for this system at the state level, almost the majority of ordinary car owners stubbornly refuse to recognize its usefulness. And, unfortunately, there is every reason for that. Dozens (if not hundreds) of described and shown cases have appeared on the Web for a long time, when a serious accident happened, but Era flatly refused to work. Moreover, both in automatic and manual mode. Will Apple’s system be more efficient? Let’s see.