Will the new iPhone make PLBs obsolete?

futurafree

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I think Apple sponsored this recent crash off a cliff just for the publicity headlines. Pretty sure the "woman in a white Mercedes" whose aggressive honking caused the crash was just Tim Cook in a wig.
 

Rockskipper

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Interesting article, a quote:

"Defective crash technology isn’t totally new to TCSAR. Several years ago, OnStar presented the same issue and more recently a tracking app called Life360 did too. Due to its inaccurate callouts, TCSAR had to make the tough decision to no longer respond to calls from those sources.

“If [the Apple tech] continues to become a problem, we’re going to have to do what we did with the Life360 app. We will just have to say we can’t take these calls.”

According to Carr, the tech has put a huge burden on dispatchers. It presents the same question over and over: How exactly do they know when to ring the bell?"

 

RyanP

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Too much reliance on tech to solve the problem of no or little common sense
True, but it's also common sense to use the tech available to help make you more safe. This includes map, compass, proper traction and insulation, etc... and in many situations, a PLB or inreach or the like.
 

Bob

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Many sar responses are from people who have no clue and think they will come save me.... NO common sense and rely on their phone for security....
 
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