USA: Siri saves the life of the U.S. boy after his vehicle was struck in the frozen river
There have been a number of things that speech-activated mobile assistants are making us do. By calling people handsfree when riding to playing music on orders, these assistants do everything they’re asked to do.
The same iPhone feature rescued a teenager’s life in Iowa, USA. 18-year-old Gael Salcedo’s car yesterday went off-road as soon as it hit an ice-covered slick spot and plunged into the frozen Iowa River. He told Siri (iPhone voice-activated assistant) to dial 911, which eventually saved his life.
The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s office shared a press release explaining exactly what happened on December 10, 2019. The release read, “The 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee controlled by Gael Salcedo of Charles City was traveling north on County Road S-56. He noticed a bitter cold-covered patch of the road just south of the bridge in the area. It caused him to lose control of the vehicle and drive to the east ditch”.
“Momentum precipitated the vehicle to travel across the bank and into the river. Salcedo was then freed by the Mason City Fire Department,” the release said.
Gael said to the local media center, KIMT, “I turned to the right, and from there, everything just got confused. I didn’t know where I was headed, and then I didn’t know what to do. I was just saying in my mind, ‘ I think I’m going to die.”
This is when he started looking for his phone and asked Siri to dial 911. He stated, “I lost my device, and because I couldn’t locate it, I was like, ‘ Hey Siri, all 911. ‘ And once Siri answered, that’s when I finally found my phone.”