Apple and AAA have joined forces to offer a solution for iPhone users facing car trouble in areas with no cellular coverage. For owners of the iPhone 14 or later, Roadside Assistance via satellite promises to make getting stranded in remote areas a bit less difficult. For compatibility, your iPhone must support Emergency SOS via satellite, which is limited to the United States and available for all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models running iOS 17 or later. Travelers visiting the US can also take advantage of this feature.
Emergency SOS via satellite differs from previous safety features offered on Apple's devices. Emergency SOS via satellite provides a way to connect with emergency services when Wi-Fi or cellular network coverage is unavailable.
Apple launched its Emergency SOS via satellite service with the iPhone 14 / iPhone 14 Pro lineup in November 2022. The company gives access to Emergency SOS via satellite to iPhone owners free of charge.
iPhone owners can utilize Emergency SOS via satellite free for two years from the date of activation.
Wireless coverage feels like it's everywhere, but in reality there are large swaths of the planet with no service. Before the iPhone 14 came along, communicating from remote areas required a separate device tied into satellites overhead.
Your medical information is invaluable to emergency responders and can mean the difference between life and death. EMTs, doctors and nurses need to know things like what medications you might be allergic to, what medical conditions you have, what medications you are taking, what blood type you are and so on, so that they can provide the best treatment as quickly as possible. To this end, Apple has included the ability to automatically share your health information when you make an emergency call in iOS 13.5.