Apple Devices Of Skiers Accidentally Call 911 Due To Its Crash Detection Feature

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- Updated: 25th Apr 2023, 16:31 IST
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The Crash Detection feature, which is built into the Apple iPhone 14, the Apple iPhone 14 Pro, and the new models of the Apple Watch, led skiers to call 911, according to the news accidentally.

According to the Utah news site KSL, the Crash Detection feature has caused more skiers to call 911 in the US state of Summit County accidentally.

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The technology aims to detect severe car accidents, not false alarms at ski resorts. Summit County Dispatch Centre supervisor Suzie Butterfield said, “We’ll get a call saying that the owner of this Apple Watch or iPhone has either had a severe crash or been in a car accident.”

“When you first talk to them, they won’t answer because I don’t think they even know they did it. But when you call them back, they usually say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I was skiing. “It’s all right,” she said.

Butterfield said Apple technology calls her three to five times a day when something is wrong.

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The study states that all calls received were accidental and not made on purpose. When an Apple device recognises a crash, a message and alarm sound appear on the screen.

If the user doesn’t disable the alert within 20 seconds, the ski crash detection feature will automatically send an active voice message to the nearest 911 call centre. But in October, Apple sent the first iOS 16.2 beta to developers. This is the next update for iOS. They said that users will be able to send a report to Apple when Emergency SOS goes off by accident.

Apple will seek feedback from iOS 16.2 beta users on the removal of Emergency SOS mode via the Feedback Assistant.

The message says, “Did you mean to turn on Emergency SOS on your iPhone?”

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Highlights of the Story

  • Skiers using Apple devices are accidentally calling 911 due to the crash detection feature.
  • The feature is designed to call emergency services in case of serious accidents but is causing false alarms.
  • Users can disable the feature within 20 seconds, or an automated voice message will be sent to the nearest 911 call center.

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