Apple’s new iPhone 14 range includes a new Crash Detection feature that is supposed to alert authorities when it detects you’ve been in a car crash. However, the phone is now working overtime and calling 911 when its owner takes a ride on a rollercoaster.
According to The Wall Street Journal, authorities in the United States have been sent to amusement parks on a number of occasions after a rough rollercoaster ride has resulted in Crash Detection being triggered during a hard break in the ride.
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Apple’s Crash Detection system is available in a range of tech including the iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, SE and Ultra. It works with a gyroscopic sensor and high-g accelerometer that is trained to detect the impact of a sudden stop in motion. This is meant to work by detecting a car crash due to the impact of a sudden stop. If you happen to be in a car accident, the device will automatically call emergency services within 20 seconds.
According to reports, since the iPhone 14 went on sale in September, six calls have been placed near Kings Island amusement park regarding so-called “car crashes”. However, upon arriving at the scene, the services discovered that no accident took place and instead, the owners were simply on a rollercoaster. This has reportedly taken place across multiple amusement parks in the United States.
Since the iPhone 14 went on sale, the 911 dispatch center near Kings Island amusement park has received at least six phones calls saying:
“The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash…”
Except, the owner was just on a roller coaster.
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) October 9, 2022
While there’s no direct workaround at the moment from Apple to avoid the issue, users who decide to take their Crash Detection devices with them on the rollercoaster are urged to disable the feature while they are on the ride. You can do this in the device’s settings or simply turn on aeroplane mode while on the ride.