Apple’s Crash Detection calls 911 from roller coasters, but what about cars?

Apple’s Crash Detection calls 911 from roller coasters, but what about cars?

The iPhone can handle technologically impressive operations, but one of the newest features could even get better car security. With Apple Flaw Detection, the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watch can detect when a user been in a car accident and automatically dial 911. If the feature works as intended, it could save lives. However, critics have questioned its practicality. For example, other situations, such as safely moving roller coasters, have triggered 911 calls. But does Crash Detection work on cars?

New iPhones have confused roller coaster movements with car accidents

Apple crash detection on iPhone 14 Pro
An Apple associate holds an iPhone 14 Pro | Brittany Hosea-Small/AFP via Getty Images

Apple’s fault detection is supposed to recognize car accidents using an accelerometer and gyro sensor inside an enabled iPhone or Apple Watch. At the time of writing, the feature is only available on the iPhone 14 and the latest Apple Watch. In theory, these devices can detect sudden changes in motion during a collision, triggering Collision Detection. After a short countdown, the iPhone or Apple Watch automatically dials 911 and gives authorities the user’s location, unless the user manually stops the iPhone call.

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