During Apple's recent Wonderlust event, where they unveiled the iPhone 15 series, iPhone 15 Pro series, Apple Watch Series 9, and Apple Watch Ultra 2, another groundbreaking feature made its debut.
Building upon last year's additions of Emergency SOS via satellite and Crash Detection in the iPhone 14 lineup, Apple introduces an innovative feature in the iPhone 15 lineup.
Roadside Assistance via Satellite on iPhone:
What Is It and How Does It Work?
Roadside Assistance via Satellite is an extension of the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature.
While similar to Emergency SOS, this feature focuses on aiding iPhone users in crisis situations involving vehicle breakdowns in areas lacking cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity.
Initially available for users in the US, Roadside Assistance via Satellite is made possible through a partnership between Apple and the American Automobile Association (AAA), renowned for its emergency road service.
Here's how it works:
Users can initiate a text message to Roadside Assistance, following on-screen instructions to establish and maintain satellite connectivity.
The iPhone will prompt users to answer essential questions, such as their vehicle's make and the nature of assistance required.
Much like Emergency SOS via Satellite, users can text Roadside Assistance specifying their needs, including flat tires, fuel shortages, lockouts, stuck vehicles, or startup issues.
Upon responding to these questions, users are seamlessly connected to a AAA roadside assistance provider, and dispatched with the appropriate equipment to provide assistance.
Typically, such a service necessitates a membership. However, even non-members with iPhones can access this feature. While specific pricing details for non-members are yet to be revealed, AAA memberships start at $65 per year.
Additionally, Apple offers two years of complimentary Emergency SOS via Satellite and Roadside Assistance via Satellite connectivity when you purchase an iPhone 14 or iPhone 15.
Keep in mind that for Roadside Assistance, users will require satellite connectivity and must cover the additional AAA fee.
Meanwhile, Emergency SOS via Satellite empowers iPhone users to alert emergency responders when they find themselves in situations devoid of Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity and require urgent assistance.
Notably, iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models are equipped to detect severe car accidents through cutting-edge hardware sensors and advanced motion algorithms.