iPhone 14, 15 users can request help via satellite from the emergency road service

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Having your car break down is bad, and not being able to call a tow truck makes it worse. Now, AAA and Apple are teaming up to find a solution.

Users of the new iPhone 15, as well as the iPhone 14, will be able to connect to AAA to receive Roadside Assistance via satellite, even in remote locations where there is no Wi-Fi or cellular service.

Support is available to users of newer iPhone models, regardless of whether they are current AAA members. If AAA responds to a stranded motorist, the non-member will pay for the car club's assistance.

Here's how it works, according to Apple:

In Messages, tap the New message button to start a conversation.

In the address field, type "Road." When you're off-grid and without cellular or Wi-Fi coverage, you'll see the option to request roadside assistance via satellite.

Roadside assistance

Tap “Roadside Assistance.”

Follow the on-screen instructions to connect to a satellite and request help.

Apple iPhone 15 Line Roadside Assistance

As another option, if you try to dial 911 and your call doesn't connect, you'll have the option to send a text message to emergency services or a roadside assistance provider via satellite, Apple said.

According to Apple, to connect to a satellite with an iPhone, the user has to be outdoors, with a clear view of the sky and horizon.

Satellite roadside assistance is available only in the US. It is free for two years after activation of an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 15, or iPhone 15 Pro.

AAA said stranded drivers must be near a road to receive assistance and does not provide off-road vehicle recovery.

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