Siri adds ‘saving lives’ to its list of tricks

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Siri couldn't be more excited about the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple
Siri's not just about answering silly trivia questions.
Photo: Apple

An accidental Siri “butt dial” recently saved a teen’s life by allowing him to dial 911 while trapped under a truck, with his arms pinned down.

The 18-year-old teenager was fixing his truck in Tennessee when it fell on him. Unable to summon anyone to help, the teen was rapidly running out of options until he heard the Siri activation sound coming from his back pocket. At this point he was able to ask request that Siri call the emergency number to.

Giving his address, a trauma team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center was dispatched and the teen was rescued.

This isn’t the first time Siri has helped avert a potential disaster, either. Last year, a 2-year-old was able to use Apple’s virtual assistant to call 911 after her mother had a fainting spell, caused by a nervous disorder.

Suddenly a Siri voice transcription service on iOS 10 doesn’t sound quite so impressive a feat for Apple’s virtual assistant, by comparison!

Source: Fox17