Police in England responded to a car accident after an Apple Watch on the wrist of an unconscious man sent a request for help.
Details on the crash, including the victim’s condition, were not available. But the emergency SOS may have been a first for police in Surrey, who enthusiastically posted it on Twitter and tagged Apple CEO Tim Cook. The tweet also included a string of emoji showing a watch, satellite and rescue vehicles.
Last week we responded to an automated Apple Watch fall detection alert after a driver that was involved in a collision had been knocked unconscious.
The alarm provided emergency responders with GPS data to quickly locate the scene.
— RPU – Surrey Police (@SurreyRoadCops) November 4, 2019
Apple Watch is a lifesaver
The Apple Watch is the top smartwatch on the market thanks in no small part to its health-tracking and safety benefits.
Headlines and stories like this became common last year when Apple Watch Series 4 debuted. It added advanced features like ECG heart tests and fall detection.
During the Series 4 launch event, Apple described fall detection as a feature that could identify slip-and-fall events. (Just make sure you turn on fall detection before you need it.) Since the launch, fall detection proved a lifesaver in a variety of other traumatic incidents, including car wrecks. In June, an 87-year-old Maine woman in a car wreck received quick help after Apple Watch fall detection picked up the crash and called emergency responders.
In Surrey, rescuers found the crash victim thanks to GPS location provided by the Apple Watch.