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Lincoln police confirmed that the new Iphone’s technology informed them about a fatal crash over the weekend

OMAHA, Nebraska – Thanks to the latest iPhone technology, Lincoln police were notified of a fatal weekend collision that took six lives.

The Lincoln Police Department said last week that the car was going at a high rate of speed when it crossed the street and struck a tree in an east Lincoln area.

Brad Bartak stated in an interview with 6 News on Sunday, “I threw on my shoes in a hurry and ran outside to see this horrifying automobile wrapped around the tree.” The vehicle collided with a tree in his front lawn.

Someone, a friend of his daughter, contacted 911.

This 911 call was made mere minutes after the collision, but the Lincoln Police Department already knew about it.

The communications manager at the LPD 911 call center, Jessica Loos, reports that the first call regarding this precise incident came from an Apple 14.

The iPhone of a passenger in the vehicle automatically dialed 911 after detecting the crash impact.

In the 911 call recording, an automated voice can be heard stating, “The owner of this iPhone was in a serious vehicle accident and is not answering their phone.”

This is a new function on the iPhone 14. Following a collision, a 20-second countdown commences. If no one cancels it, emergency services are called.

Thus, the call initially shows itself as any other call, according to Loos. “The difference here is that the technology provides the dispatcher with the information, rather than the dispatcher being able to ask the appropriate questions to identify the location.”

The automated message continues, “The location of the emergency is 40.8058 latitude, -96.6433 longitude, with an estimated search radius of 36 meters. In five seconds, this message will repeat.

Similar technologies and applications exist, according to Loos, and they receive calls from the technology on a near-constant basis.

However, this was the first time a call directly originated from an iPhone. According to Loos, the device was able to provide first responders with an almost exact location of the accident.

“When we provided the latitude and longitude from the Apple device, the plotted location was only across the street from where the real accident occurred.”

The expansion of this type of technology makes Loos happy. She recalls a time before these calls were prevalent.

“It’s actually rather remarkable to consider that these technologies did not exist when I began my work,” she says. Those who have served in this capacity for our communities for an extended period of time can recall times in their careers when they received a call with no information and no one on the other end of the line. They hoped that something in the background would provide a clue as to where the call was coming from or what the need was.

Although Sunday’s collision resulted in a sad loss of life, according to Loos, the technology can still save lives by being shared where assistance is required.

This growing technology permits not only the user to communicate that information, but also the frontline telecommunicator to provide a quick reaction.

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