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  • Crash Detection is a system included in some brand devices capable of detecting a serious car accident and automatically contacting emergencies


  • In recent weeks there have been errors in this system at the Kings Island and Dollywood amusement parks, both in the United States


  • Apple has not announced measures to improve the system and not confuse sudden movements with traffic accidents, although it is possible to deactivate it with the ‘airplane mode’

An error logged in Apple’s traffic accident detection system, Crash Detection, has spawned a series of emergency calls automatic calls to 911 in the United States by mistaking the movement of a roller coaster for a car accident.

Crash Detection is a system included in some devices of the brand that is capable of detecting a serious car accident and automatically contacting the emergency services within 20 seconds of registering the collision.

In case the owner of the terminal does not respond, will play an audio message for emergency services, to whom it informs of the situation, as well as giving geographical coordinates of the accident with a approximate search radius.

More bugs in the system

Accident detection is built into some of the iPhone 14 models with the latest version of iOS and Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE (2nd generation), and Apple Watch Ultra also with the most recent version of Apple’s operating system. Also, works by default.

According to reports from The Wall Street Journal and the Coaster101 website, collected by 9to5Mac, in recent weeks There have been errors in this system in the amusement parks of Kings Island and Dollywood, both in the United States.

One of the cases exposed by the American newspaper is that of a woman who rode a roller coaster that rises to a height of 109 feet in the air (about 33 meters) and operates at a speed greater than 50 kilometers per hour.

At the end of the tour, this user of an iPhone 14 Pro found a series of calls and voice messages in which the emergency service asked if he was okay and an answer was demanded.

Disable the Crash Detection service

From Coaster101 they expose that in two of the roller coasters of greater intensity of the amusement park of Dollywood, in Tennessee, there had been installed signage in which it is noted that movement of the machine can make unwanted calls to 911.

At the moment, Apple has not announced measures to improve this system and not confuse the sudden movements of roller coasters with traffic accidents, although it is possible to deactivate it with the ‘airplane mode’.

Furthermore, these users can disable the ‘Call after a serious accident’ option from the Settings menu and, if you have a ‘smartwatch’, you can cancel Crash Detection service from the Apple Watch app.



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