The Apple Watch crash detection feature on iPhone 14 and later continues to cause problems for first responders based at ski resorts and elsewhere.
Crash Detection activates when your iPhone 14 or Apple Watch detects a sudden jolt of movement that suggests that some sort of accident has occurred. If the feature is accidentally activated, or if the accident is not serious, the owner is given 10 seconds to dismiss the alert, thereby preventing him from making calls. The problem is that false activations are less likely to be noticed if the phone is in a pocket or bag, prompting emergency services to respond to non-incidents. Such actions are a huge waste of time and resources and can distract workers from actual incidents that require immediate attention.
While the feature is actually designed for vehicle crashes, the technology behind it has caused numerous false alarms in other scenarios since it was introduced last fall.
Most recently, local emergency services in a resort town in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, said they received 134 false alarms between December 16th and January 23rd. These were “primarily” caused by the iPhone 14’s crash detection system. ski bumps.
Another ski resort in nearby Gifu Prefecture reported 135 false alarms from iPhones between January 1st and January 23rd.
Similar accidents have been reported in the United States. For example, a dispatcher at his 911 center in Colorado sent his 71 automated crash notifications from the skier’s girlfriend’s iPhone and his Apple Watch, none of which were emergencies. A similar report came out earlier this month from Minnesota, with several incidents involving snowmobiles.
Shortly after the iPhone 14 launched last year, there were reports of false crash detection calls even on roller coaster rides with abrupt stops.
Apple said last year that its crash detection feature was “extremely accurate in detecting severe crashes” and that performance would improve over time. Of course, if it works properly, it can also save lives.
If you’re in a situation where you don’t want to risk your iPhone 14 making unnecessary emergency calls,[設定]You can turn on Airplane mode to temporarily disable the feature.
The collision detection function is[設定]>[緊急 SOS]>[深刻な衝突後に通話をオフにする]You can also select to turn it off completely. On your Apple Watch,[マイ ウォッチ]Follow the same steps starting with the tab.