The iPhone 14 is one of the most popular iPhones to date. The new phone introduced a wide range of new features to Apple’s lineup. One of these new features is known as crash detection.
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Crash detection detects when the user of the phone is in a car accident. This feature, designed around safety, will automatically call for help so emergency services is alerted even if the person involved is incapacitated. As with most new features or products hitting the market for the first time, there are bugs and issues. Those of you who are thrill seekers may notice one very startling issue with the new feature. If you plan on riding a rollercoaster any time soon, you may want to consider leaving your prized new iPhone 14 behind.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple watches and iPhones have been automatically calling 911, alerting responders that a user has been in an accident, while in reality they have just been enjoying themselves on a rollercoaster. “The Warren County Communications Center provided me with recordings of six iPhone crash-detection calls from people at Kings Island rides, all received since the new iPhone 14 models went on sale in September. Similar alerts have been triggered by the Joker roller coaster at Six Flags Great America near Chicago.” The same article cites this as a huge problem because when 911 is dialed; no call goes unanswered and these false readings from the new devices can tie up emergency lines as they repeat the same line to dispatchers seven times: “The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash and is not responding to their phone.” For those of you that enjoy these rides, you may want to leave your phone behind. Otherwise you may pull it out of your pocket to find several missed calls from emergency services and they may even be there looking for you.