An article posted on macrumors.com reports that the iPhone 14 and new Apple Watch models come with a safety feature that could save your life following a severe car accident. The feature is called “Crah Detection,” and it’s designed to detect a severe car accident and automatically contact 911 and report the accident to emergency medical services and law enforcement. The new safety feature uses the device’s microphone, high-g accelerometer, a motion sensor with a high dynamic range gyroscope, barometer, GPS, and motion algorithms together to accurately detect an accident.
The system works by detecting a probable accident and displaying an alert on your iPhone or Apple Watch for 10 seconds. If the accident victim is responsive, they can swipe to call 911 immediately or swipe to dismiss the alert. If the accident victim does not interact with the device alert within 10 seconds, the Apple device begins a 10-second countdown. If there is no interaction within ten seconds, 911 is contacted.
The device then calls 911, and when 911 answers the call, Siri will begin playing a recorded message that replays over and over to 911 dispatchers. The message states, “The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash and is not responding to their phone.” Siri then relays your approximate location with latitude and longitude and search radius to emergency services. The message is also played through the device’s loudspeaker and repeats the message until the owner ends the call or taps the Stop Recorded Message button.
If the device owner has emergency contacts set up on their device, those contacts will also be notified of the accident after another 10-second countdown.
According to Apple, their Crash Detection feature detects side impacts, front impacts, rollovers, and rear-end collisions. Apple’s Crash Detection is supported on the following Apple Watch and iPhone models.
- Apple Watch SE (2nd Gen)
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Ultra
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
No setup is needed. Crash Detection is already enabled by default on the devices listed above. Crash Detection can also be disabled.
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