Apple iPhone 14 crash detection feature sending false emergency alerts: report

Greene County in New York and Carbon County in Pennsylvania in the US have experienced an increase in false 911 calls from local ski resorts due to Crash Detection. The Crash Detection feature was recently introduced by the US tech giant on its latest iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and new Apple Watch models.

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First published January 15, 2023, 4:18 PM IST

Apple’s iPhone 14 smartphone and Apple Watch are still triggering false 911 calls from skiers and snowboarders due to the Crash Detection feature. The US-based tech company recently added the Crash Detection feature to the most recent iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and new Apple Watch models.

According to a New York Post report, the crash detection has led to an increase in false 911 calls from nearby ski resorts in New York’s Greene and Pennsylvania’s Carbon.

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According to the report, certain tumbles from skiers and snowboarders trigger the Collision Detection feature, which allows the latest iPhone and Apple Watch models to identify a serious car accident and immediately alert emergency services if the user fails to respond.

Since Apple launched the feature last year, there have been several complaints about the issue in other well-known ski resorts, including Colorado, Minnesota, Utah and British Columbia, Canada, according to MacRumors.

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Apple claims that the Crash Detection technology was created to identify serious car accidents involving sedans, minivans, SUVs, pickups, and other passenger cars, including front, side, and rear-end collisions. Your iPhone or Apple Watch sounds an alarm and displays a warning when a serious car accident is detected.

After waiting 20 seconds, your smartphone will automatically contact the emergency services if you cannot respond. If you’ve added emergency contacts, your smartphone will send a message to let them know you’ve been in a serious car accident and reveal your location. Your device will display a Medical ID slider if you have configured one to allow emergency responders to access your medical information.

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Last updated on January 15, 2023 at 4:18 PM IST

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