Apple is launching a new service, Roadside Assistance via satellite, in partnership with AAA.
Building on the Emergency SOS and Find My via satellite features introduced with the iPhone 14 and more recent Apple Watch models — which, by the way, is now available in 14 countries and coming to more in the future — Roadside Assistance via satellite allows users to select from one of several scenarios — e.g. “Locked out,” “no fuel or charge,” or “flat tire” — to text an operator even in places where they don’t have a cell signal.
The new Roadside Assistance interface will guide users to connect to a satellite and share their information with a roadside assistance provider. Then, the provider will message them directly and, using the user’s GPS location and other data, dispatch help with the right equipment.
For iPhone 15 buyers, Roadside Assistance will be free for those who have an AAA membership for at least two years or available at a premium for non-members.