iPhone 14's Crash Detection Mistaking Roller Coaster Rides for Car Crashes

The iPhone 14's Crash Detection feature is accidentally being triggered and therefore calling emergency services when users are riding a roller coaster rather than being involved in a real automotive accident.

iPhone 14 Car Crash Detection
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, several users of the new ‌iPhone 14‌ and iPhone 14 Pro at amusement parks across the United States have reported emergency services and contacts being alerted that they've been involved in a car crash as they've ridden roller coasters. The accidental trigger of Apple's latest safety features is likely caused by the sudden braking and movement of roller coasters, triggering the iPhone's sensors to misinterpret the movement as a car crash.

The Wall Street Journal reports at least six incidents of emergency services being called for false alarms. In response to the false alarms, an Apple spokesperson said Apple tested the feature with over a million hours of car crash data and real-world driving analysis. Several tests have already been done to test the accuracy of the ‌iPhone 14‌'s Crash Detection, with varying results.

In response to a test done by The Wall Street Journal in a junkyard where the ‌iPhone‌ failed to notice some car crashes, Apple said the testing condition did not provide the ‌iPhone‌ with enough factors to trigger an alert. Apple said the iPhones were not connected to Bluetooth or CarPlay and may not have traveled enough distance before impact for the device to register the crash. Crash Detection is available on the ‌iPhone 14‌, ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra.

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Top Rated Comments

dazzysima Avatar
8 weeks ago

I am 100% sure theme parks would not allow guests to bring their phones onto the rollercoasters.
Wut? It will just be in the pockets of those on the rollercoaster.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Carlson-online Avatar
8 weeks ago
and those youtubers destroyed cars when they could have been doing this instead !
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kissmo1980 Avatar
8 weeks ago
What world we are living in - living at the mercy of our phones.
If this is a problem that is worth making a big deal out of.... Jesus!

There is a mental recession going around this planet, not just financial.

Turn the darn car crash detection before jumping into such rides and go about your life.
Humanity has reached the peak of boredom and makes drama about the most irrelevant things.

What's next? Without devices we won't go out of the house soon? ???
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
8 weeks ago

Who takes their iPhone on a roller coaster in the first place?
I'd imagine close on 100% of iPhone owners who go on rollercoasters?
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ashbash75 Avatar
8 weeks ago

Who takes their iPhone on a roller coaster in the first place?
The same people that take them to the beach, on the water, up a mountain.....
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
8 weeks ago

I am 100% sure theme parks would not allow guests to bring their phones onto the rollercoasters.
I can't even begin to count the number of theme parks I've been to in the US, Europe and Middle East, yet I've never been to a park or even one single ride where mobile phones were not allowed.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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