Crash detection is a safety feature Apple created for the iPhone 14 and newer Apple Watch models, allowing the devices to detect car accidents and automatically alert the authorities. The feature can save lives, and the most recent example comes from Australia, where an iPhone 14 model called the police for its owner after detecting a collision.
Police arrived eight minutes after a horse-drawn truck hit a tree stump. The accident happened at 1:45 am and all five passengers were unconscious when police arrived.
According to ABC News Australiaa white Ford Ranger crashed into a tree stump Monday morning after drifting off a highway north of Launceston.
The iPhone 14 Crash Detection feature automatically called the police upon detecting the collision. If a human does not interact with the iPhone screen after the algorithms trigger a 911 call, the phone will continue to contact emergency services. This must have happened in Australia.
In the car, the police found five occupants, ranging from 14 to 20 years old. All were taken to hospitals. One person suffered serious injuries and had to be flown to Melbourne. The four horses in the wagon died, two after the collision and two via euthanasia after the crash.
The police responded very quickly as they were in the area on another matter at the time of the accident. However, the police highlighted the iPhone 14’s Crash Detection feature.
“In a case where people have lost consciousness in an accident like this, it’s certainly something that alerts the police quickly,” Tasmania Police Superintendent Ruth Orr told me. ABC news.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation, although police suspect fatigue played a role.
Crash detection has been the focus of numerous false alerts lately, mostly associated with skiers. Skiing involves high speeds, sudden stops and even crashes. This behavior may convince the iPhone 14’s algorithms that the owner of the phone is involved in an accident. A prompt to call 911 would appear on the screen, but the skier often doesn’t hear the alert and therefore doesn’t stop it.
While it might be a good idea to disable Crash Detection on all iPhone 14 models while skiing, the accident in Australia proves once again that the feature saves lives. You must make sure it is turned on while driving and if you are a passenger in a car.
Crash detection is enabled by default on all iPhone 14 models. You will find it in the Settings app, within the Emergency SOS menu.