Apple Crash Detection Starts When People Ride Roller Coasters: WSJ

  • Apple recently introduced bug detection for the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch. It is supposed to detect when users are in an accident and help them reach emergency services.
  • However, he seems to be overreacting in some cases.
  • Collision detection calls 911 when users take roller coaster rides, the WSJ and Coaster101 report.

Apple’s new collision detection feature is supposed to be triggered in life-threatening situations, but apparently it’s also triggered by something far less serious: roller coasters.

The feature, which works on the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watches, is supposed to detect serious traffic accidents and help users reach emergency services.

But roller coaster rides are wrong, according to the Wall Street Journal and theme park news site Coaster101.

Sara White, a 39-year-old dentist, told the Journal that her iPhone 14 Pro automatically called 911 when she went on Mystic Timbers, a 109-foot-tall roller coaster at Kings Island Amusement Park in Ohio. The ride reaches speeds of up to 53 miles per hour.

“The owner of this iPhone was in a serious car accident and is not answering his phone,” says an automated voice in the 911 call, before also providing latitude and longitude coordinates. Screams from others on the ride can be heard in the background of the call.

Emergency services responded to the park but saw no such incident, according to a 911 report cited by the magazine.

The Warren County Communications Center, which received the call, gave the Journal six such recordings of unnecessary collision detection calls it received, prompted by rides on Kings Island.

An Apple spokesperson told the Journal that the feature is “extremely accurate at detecting serious accidents” and will continue to improve over time.

This isn’t just happening on Kings Island. The website Coaster101.com reported that the Dollywood amusement park has posted warning signs on two of its high-octane rides.

“Cell phones and other devices are not to be brought into any attraction,” the signs read. “Due to the dynamic traffic you will encounter on this route, Apple Watches and similar devices may activate the emergency call feature. To prevent your device from inadvertently calling 911, turn it off or turn on Airplane mode.”

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