One of the advertised features of the iPhone 14 was the addition of collision detection. It is intended to call emergency services if the phone detects that the user has been involved in a serious car accident. However, we’ve heard tales of false positive hotspots since the phone was released.
Each false call places an undue burden on local emergency services. In this latest incident, the fire department in Japan’s Northern Alps, Nagano Prefecture, said it received 134 false alarms between Dec. 16 and Jan. 23. This is “primarily” due to the iPhone 14’s crash detection system erroneously triggering when the owner gets off his skis. Slope.
Japan’s emergency services department received a total of 919 calls during that month. That means about 100 false calls caused by the iPhone crash detection feature accounted for more than a tenth of his workload.
Accounts of false positive crash detections during winter sports have also been reported across the United States. Another hotspot for false positive triggers is riding a roller coaster. This is likely because the high speeds and impacts associated with these activities are easily confused by algorithms with patterns of driving and car crashes.
When the iPhone determines that a crash has occurred, it begins a countdown on the user’s device (with a loud warning siren), automatically calls emergency services, and gives the user the option to close the process. But don’t cancel the call during hectic activities like roller coasters or skiing as you may not hear the sirens so you won’t realize this is happening.
Apple is said to be working with local emergency services, which regularly face false crash detection calls, to further mitigate the problem.
The iOS 16.1.2 release notes at the end of December indicated that the company included “crash detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.”
Of course, besides all the reports of false positives causing problems, there are also plenty of stories of crash detection working as intended and saving lives.
Just today, ABC News reported that the iPhone’s automatic crash detection alerted emergency services to a car accident in Australia, with police arriving on the scene within just eight minutes of the crash.
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