The subject’s iPhone sent an automated message to Florida authorities after he was involved in an accident. He was paralyzed and was showing signs of hypothermia.
A man was driving down a Florida highway at night when he lost control of his car after dodging an animal on the road. The car overturned in a nearby canal and was trapped. An officer said Thursday that his iPhone saved him.
Martin County (east) deputies received a call Tuesday night with an automated message, said Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief John Bodencic.
The repeated message read: “The owner of this iPhone has been in a serious car accident and is not answering the phone. The emergency location is latitude 27.1195, longitude 80.481 with a search radius of seven meters.”
When they were going to the indicated place, near the rural town of Indiantown, the agents found the car overturned in the water and its driver, a 38-year-old man, paralyzed and with signs of hypothermia.
Thanks to Apple technology
The saved call came from a new technology on his cell phone, the iPhone 14. Apple’s latest model is capable of detecting traffic accidents and sending a voice message to the emergency services with the coordinates of the accident, if the owner does not cancel that. function. in 20 seconds
“This guy was alone, his car was submerged,” Officer Bodencic said. “And if that phone hadn’t made that call for him, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t have been located until dawn five hours later.”
“Things would have happened to him without that call,” added the senior deputy sheriff, noting that hypothermia can be fatal.
“We’re in South Florida, so there are animals in those channels, there are alligators and snakes and different things that could be a hazard on top of what was already happening,” he said.
The agents managed to get the driver out of the vehicle, who was taken to the hospital, where he received care for minor injuries. (AFP)