When my husband suggested that it was finally time to get rid of the 20-year-old car I kept insisting that I didn’t need new care. My car was long paid off and I didn’t want to take on the debt of a brand new car. But he insisted, so I got a new car and I was shocked by the technology that comes standard in most new cars. I felt really ambivalent about all of it because I didn’t think it was necessary. But, now a lot of high tech equipment like back up cameras are standard equipment in cars so not getting it wasn’t an option. Grudgingly I accepted it and tried to learn to use the new technology that my car had. It was ok but I never felt like it was anything special until an accident changed my thinking about high tech cars forever.
I was driving my daughter back from her horseback riding lesson on a cold and snowy winter night. The barn where she took lessons was way out in the country and quite far from our home. I was talking to my daughter and everything was fine when the car hit a patch of black ice and spun wildly. The car bounced off a guardrail, spun a few more times, and ended up flipping upside down in a little ditch near the road. Thankfully I had my seatbelt on and my daughter was safely buckled up in the back seat. I passed out for a couple of minutes and when I came around again, bleeding from a gash in my forehead and pretty sure I had a broken wrist I looked back to check on her.
She was crying and shaken but she didn’t have any visible injuries. But I wondered how we were going to get help. We were in a remote location and it was already dark and there weren’t many cars out in the country at this time of the night. I couldn’t get my seatbelt loose because of the injuries to my arm. My cell phone was in my purse and not accessible even if I had a signal this far out.
Then I remembered that my car had all kinds of great new technology, including a wifi hotspot and voice-activated everything. I immediately told the car to call 911 and to call my husband. The car patched me through the police dispatcher who stayed on the line with me. To make sure that I stayed conscious. To make sure that the officers and paramedics were able to find me. And the car also sent the GPS coordinates for where we were direct to the offices. Paramedics so that they could find us easily.
Help arrived within ten minutes and the paramedics were able to make sure that my daughter was ok. Then they Get me free from the driver’s seat. When we arrived at the hospital my husband was already there. It’s because I was able to talk to him through the car. Tell him where they were taking us. High tech cars might seem like a luxury, but they can be a lifesaver.
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