How the Apple Watch Ultra Helped Save My Life
On January 2, 2023, at 8:35 p.m., I was on a lonely stretch of dark road, approaching an intersection in my SUV. The traffic light was green, so I maintained my speed as I got ready to pass through the crossing near my home, which I had done hundreds of times before. This time, however, a distracted driver pulled out in front of me at the exact moment I passed through the intersection.
The last thing I remember is the deafening sound of crumpling metal as our two vehicles collided, and the sudden explosion of my inflating airbag punching me in the face as it lessened the powerful impact. The crash knocked me out cold. I was injured and unconscious in my mangled vehicle, sitting the middle of that intersection. And I was all alone in the night, or so it seemed.
I probably would have stayed unconscious for a long time, sitting in the middle of that intersection in a crashed, smoking and steaming vehicle. What brought me back into the world was a super powerful screeching sound that was louder than anything I’ve ever played on my car radio. It pierced my unconsciousness with a sound like a high-powered train whistle that wouldn’t stop.
The Apple Watch Ultra Detected My Car Crash and Called for Help
I groggily opened my eyes and noticed my wrist was vibrating along with the screeching. I pushed every button on my Apple Watch to stop the sound when the repugnant scent of airbag dust floating in the air made me remember what had happened.
I looked at my legs, wiggled my toes and realized I was intact, except for the pain in my head and a tightness in my right wrist. I looked up to the night sky and saw a green traffic light glowing above my head through the open sunroof, but I was not going anywhere.
I heard a voice from my wrist saying that the Apple Watch had detected a crash and had alerted the authorities. The people monitoring my watch already had emergency personnel on the way to my location by the time I regained consciousness. The man talking to me through my watch assured me that help was on the way and asked if I could exit my vehicle and leave the dangerous intersection before the police and rescue crews could arrive and fully secure the scene.
Probably one of the best aspects of wearable technology, and a key argument for boosting productivity, is that it helps keep you safe and healthy. The Apple Watch Ultra got me the help I needed quickly that night and turned a dangerous situation into a safer one. I was extremely glad that I had this innovative wearable technology with me when I needed it most.