Crash Detection is a feature available on the new Apple iPhone 14 series, that was recently announced during the September Apple Event. It can detect whether or not you have been in a serious vehicle accident.
But this is no longer the case. There’s more to it. It can also detect if you’re riding a roller coaster or not. That’s a cool feature, isn’t it? And that’s not even the coolest part. Even the 911 operators are aware that you are on a roller coaster. Because your iPhone 14 keeps calling 911. But they were told that you had been in a car accident, not on a roller coaster.
This is an additional feature that comes with the iPhone 14 series, along with the Emergency SOS Message. When it detects that you were involved in an accident while riding a car, it is instructed to notify the 911 dispatcher. And when the phone notices it, it will prompt you right away on the screen to call emergency services or ignore it. On a roller coaster, you obviously hear nothing but screaming passengers.
So the message iPhone prompts stays on the screen for 20 seconds, and if you don’t answer immediately, it will immediately contact 911 for you, along with your location and other information. And of course, you may need to agree to their terms in order to transfer the information that you entered when setting up the phone.
When you ride a roller coaster, you know that it makes strange and frightening movements, almost as if you choose death over live. And this leads the iPhone to think “Oh, this phone is moving strangely! He may have been in an accident. Let’s have a look.”
So there’s a one in a billion chance you’ll hear or feel the alert. And there is almost no chance that you’ll dismiss that prompt.
We assumed Apple would consider scenarios like this. But we are wrong.
In reality, it is quite difficult to predict whether you were in an accident using a smartphone. Unless you hit a button to alert it.
If we consider the principles of Car Crash Detection, we can fit it into what Marques Brownlee described in his video.
And hopefully we can expect an update from Apple on this matter soon.