As many of you will know, the new iPhone 14 phones and Apple Watches come with a great new feature that no one wants to have to use.
It’s called Crash Detection and it automatically alerts first responders if your device detects that you’ve been in a traffic accident. It does this using a new dual-core accelerometer, which can detect a sudden and extreme change in speed that suggests an accident has occurred.
But it seems that some less dangerous things are also triggering the crash detection. Like roller coasters.
A woman who rode the Mystic Timbers roller coaster at Kings Island amusement park in Ohio told the WSJ that her iPhone 14 Pro automatically called 911 during the ride.
An automated voice call to first responders reportedly said, “The owner of this iPhone was in a serious car accident and is not answering his phone,” and then gave map coordinates for the woman’s location. Emergency services made their way to the park, but soon discovered that nothing was wrong.
The Warren County Communications Center, which received the call, passed on to the WSJ six separate recordings involving false alarms from Kings Island linked to Apple’s crash detection feature.
A Coaster101 reporter visiting Dollywood theme park in Tennessee saw a sign for two of its roller coasters, Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle, asking people not to bring cell phones and other devices on the rides. “Due to the dynamic motion you will experience on this ride, Apple Watches and similar devices may trigger their emergency call action,” the advisory said, suggesting that the Apple device could waste the time of first responders when placing an emergency call. unnecessary.
Coaster101 said he posted a tweet on the subject and said he had many responses from people claiming the same thing happened to them while riding a roller coaster. A Reddit post on the same subject has also had almost 180 responses.
When failure detection is activated on an iPhone 14 or one of the new Apple Watches, the owner has 10 seconds to dismiss the alert if it is not actually an emergency situation, thus avoiding a call to first responders. But if the phone is in a pocket or bag, the owner most likely won’t know about the alert, leading to an unnecessary call.
A spokesperson for the tech giant told the WSJ that the crash detection feature is “extremely accurate in detecting serious crashes” and will improve over time. We take that to mean that it will release an update at some point aimed at preventing these false alarms.
It is possible to temporarily disable the crash detection feature by turning on airplane mode through Settings.
iPhone 14 users can also disable the feature entirely by selecting Settings > Emergency SOS > turn off call after severe crash. On an Apple Watch, follow the same steps starting in the My Watch tab.