In Tasmania, Australia, a four-wheel drive truck carrying five people and towing a horse float collided with a tree stump during the early hours on Monday. Fortunately, the iPhone 14 Crash Detection feature alerted the nearest police station of the accident while the passengers were unconscious.
The latest iPhone 14 series and 2022 Apple Watch models offer the Crash Detection feature for users’ safety on the road. When a server car crash is detected, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro automatically make an emergency phone call after a 20 seconds countdown and notify users of emergency contacts.
For unresponsive or unconscious users, an audio message is played for emergency services informing them that the victim had been in a crash and providing their latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. In areas with no Wi-Fi and cellular coverage, iPhone 14 contacts emergency service via Emergency SOS via satellite in available regions.
iPhone 14 Crash Detection “alerts the police quickly” when an accident occurs
According to ABC New Australia, the police arrived at the scene within eight minutes and got the five victims of the car accident medical assistance who ranged from 14 to 20 years of age. And immediate help proved to be life-saving for the victims, one of whom had suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital in Melbourne by air ambulance.
Tasmania Police Inspector Ruth Orr said:
“In a case where people had lost consciousness in a crash like this, it is certainly something that alerts police quickly. Officers had also already been in the area, which helped with the response time.
Previously, iPhone 14’s new safety features, Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite aided emergency services in successfully rescuing a couple whose car had crashed in a remote canyon on the Angeles Forest Highway in the Angeles National Forest in California.
As useful as the new safety feature is, it has also created some trouble for the emergency service by triggering false alerts, especially for skiers and users of roller coaster rides. Therefore, Apple changed the Emergency SOS calls behavior on iOS 16.3 to prevent false alerts.