Apple recently unveiled the new iPhone 14, debuting a range of changes and upgrades over the previous-generation smartphone. Highlights include a new 6.7-inch screen size and a list of camera upgrades, as well as a new crash detection feature.
According to Apple, the iPhone 14 is equipped with a new dual-core accelerometer that can detect G-force measurements up to 256Gs, as well as a new high dynamic range gyroscope. With his equipment, iPhone 14 can now detect when a “severe” car crash occurs, and in response, automatically dial emergency services should the user be unconscious and unable to do so themselves.
With the debut of the Apple iPhone 14 and standard crash detection functionality, the question is will GM customers decide to cancel their subscription to OnStar?
For those readers who may be unaware, OnStar is a subscription-based communications service that offers, among other things, Automatic Crash Response. This feature utilizes built-in vehicle sensors to detect when a crash occurs, connecting passengers to an OnStar Advisor who can then notify first responders about the vehicle location and likelihood of serious injuries, as well as provide medical assistance until help arrives.
Of course, OnStar provides several other services as well, such as roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and more, which may persuade OnStar subscribers to keep their subscription, even after purchasing a new Apple iPhone 14. Then again, new Buick and GMC buyers will receive OnStar regardless, as a three-year OnStar & Connected Services Plan is included as standard with new Buick and GMC vehicles going forward. For those readers who may have missed it, the plans cost between $905 and $1,500 depending on the trim level, with the cost integrated into the vehicle MSRP.
Indeed, with in-vehicle technology expanding at an ever-quickening pace, it’ll be interesting to see how consumers respond to these new features. In the meantime, remember to subscribe to GM Authority for more GM technology news, GM safety news, GM OnStar news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.