Apple is trying to add a little peace of mind to travelers with the new iPhone 15.
With an announcement at the iPhone 15 Launch Event in Cupertino, Apple will enable stranded cell phone owners to send a message to AAA even if they don’t have a cell signal.
Expanding on their Emergency SOS service, iPhone 14 and 15 users will be able to access a roadside assistance feature, fill out some basic questions, and utilize a connection to a satellite to transmit a message for help.
Users can access the service to get help with a flat tire, or if they are locked out, or run short of gas.
When paired with Apple Crash Detection, the phone can sense if the phone’s owner has been in a severe accident and call or text for help immediately.
The Emergency SOS service was first launched with the iPhone 14 and is now available in 14 countries.
Apple has partnered in the US with AAA offering emergency calls for free to AAA members via its huge network of service vehicles.
AAA provides responds to over 30 million emergency service calls each year and serves more than 63 million members.
“Safety is at the core of who AAA is as an organization, and we’re taking that commitment to the next level by offering AAA services to iPhone users who would have previously been unreachable,” said Marshall Doney, president and CEO, AAA.
“Now, thanks to iPhone’s satellite capabilities, iPhone users with Roadside Assistance via satellite can get help when they need it most but can’t reach us via traditional connections.”