With the iPhone 14, Apple introduced several nice-to-have features on the iPhone. These include the long-awaited satellite communication support, as well as car accident detection. Crash testing didn’t happen in many iPhone launch-day reviews for obvious reasons, but post-launch reviews have seen the iPhone vigorously tested for both its durability prowess and new crash-bugging support.
Car crash detection is also available on the Apple Watch Series 8. It kicks into gear when your device detects a solid stop. Once that happens, the iPhone (or Watch) will dial emergency services automatically after a short delay unless the driver can physically cancel the call. While Apple marketing is one thing, you can now see how this happens with TechRax’s YouTube video below.
“The entire iPhone 14 lineup features innovative security capabilities that can provide emergency assistance when it matters most. With a new dual-core accelerometer capable of detecting G-force measurements up to 256Gs and a new high dynamic range gyroscope, Crash Detection on iPhone can now detect a serious car accident and automatically dial emergency services when a user is unconscious or can’t get to your iPhone,” said Manzana. The company also says that flaw detection works best with a paired Apple Watch and iPhone. Affected users can dismiss the crash detection message from the watch while the call is placed from the phone if necessary.
Apple isn’t the only phone brand to offer car accident detection. Google’s Pixel line has supported bug detection since the Pixel 4’s first feature drop. The company later expanded its availability to even more countries than the few it launched with a few months ago. Google is also believed to be expanding its Pixel availability to other Android phones in a future release of its personal security app. It’s a feature most people will hope they never have to use, but one that would come in handy if needed.