Skiers Accidentally Trigger iPhone Crash Detection Feature

The accident detection feature built into the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and new Apple Watch models is causing skiers to accidentally dial emergency services, according to the Utah news site. KSL.

Designed to summon help when a car accident is detected, the accident detection feature can be activated at ski resorts, and dispatchers in Summit County in Utah have seen an increase in 911 calls.

“We’re going to get a call that the owner of this Apple Watch or iPhone has been in a serious accident or has been involved in a car accident,” said Suzie Butterfield, Summit County Dispatch Center supervisor. KSL.

With many of the activations, people don’t answer at first because they don’t know the call was made. “Usually they say, ‘Oh, sorry, I was skiing. Everything’s fine,'” Butterfield said.

Every day three to five emergency calls arrive from Apple devices, and so far none have been activated on purpose. Butterfield said he doesn’t mind accidental calls because the feature could be useful in a real emergency situation.

Reddit users have confirmed that skiing can trigger the Crash Detection feature, with one user explaining that he was going down a hill at a moderate pace when his Apple Watch started dialing 911.

You may want to turn off accident detection on your iPhone 14 if you ski at any kind of pace. I went out yesterday for the first time. I had my phone in my pocket and was cruising around Tinkerbell at a totally moderate pace doing some short radius turns in my second run of the year. To give you an idea of ​​how subdued, he had just passed a slow sign with 3 security patrols next to him and not one of them raised an eyebrow at me! I pulled over to wait for my wife and my phone immediately started screaming “Have you been in an accident? We’re calling the emergency services in 20 seconds! Wow! Wow!” I turned it off as quickly as possible and then immediately turned off all emergency notification features.

In addition to fall detection on the ‌iPhone 14‌ models, the Apple Watch Series 8, the new Apple Watch SE, and the Apple Watch Ultra, there is also a fall detection feature on a range of Apple devices that could trigger emergency calls. .

Butterfield said he doesn’t recommend turning off security features on the ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch. “We don’t mind taking that call because if something really happened, we want to be able to reach you,” he said.

The crash detection feature on new ‌iPhone‌ and Apple Watch models has also been triggered by roller coasters, and today, Apple released an update to iOS 16.1.2 that includes “crash detection optimizations.” Apple hasn’t provided any information on what this means, but it’s likely aimed at reducing accidental activation where there hasn’t been an actual car accident.

Thank you Justin!

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