Apple is working on a new feature for the Apple Watch, making the smartwatch automatically call the emergency services if the owner gets involved in a car accident.
In such emergencies, the Apple Watch may instruct the connected iPhone to dial 911 or family to report that there’s been an accident.
The Apple Watch can track the heartbeat of the wearer, count the number of steps of the owner and count calories burned. So soon it can also dial 911 after a crash. All this is described in a new patent that Apple has registered with the US Patent Office. The sensors of the Apple Watch are used to detect if the owner got into an accident. Or has a heart attack, or his bike is dropped or robbed.
There are different versions of the patent. In one of them is either 911 or a group of preset relatives alarmed if the watch discovers that an elderly wearer has fallen. If the smartwatch detects no pulse after such an event, it will call 911.
In most cases via a connected iPhone, but there is also a version of the patent that describes how the watch can send an alarm through another device near the Apple Watch. An SOS can also be transmitted via a GPS signal.
Apple Watch 2
It is impossible to say whether any of these features will ever be found in an Apple Watch, as many patents Apple registers remain on the shelf.
Perhaps the new options are however built into the Apple Watch 2, which is expected, according to the rumors in the second half of this year.