Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022, 20:18 iOS: Software

Apple Explains: How "Crash Detection" On iPhone and Apple Watch Work

There exist some features for situations in which nobody wishes to ever end up. One such being iOS' SOS behavior offered on certain Apple devices – the feature allows for the saving of emergency contacts and allows the Health app to display medical information for emergency care services and doctors. With the iPhone 14, and the new models of the Apple Watch, another feature has joined the emergency service spectrum. Supported devices will now respond to auto accidents, thanks to "Crash Detection". Apple has now revealed when the function should come into play and which technologies it is based on.

Apple Expands Upon Crash Detection Behaviors
According to a new support document (as of yet to be translated to all languages, interestingly), Crash Detection will recognize various instances of serious car accidents – including frontal, rear, side collisions, and rollovers. The type of car should not matter – with Apple mentioning limousines, minivans, and SUVs, amongst other vehicles. Should an accident occur, the device will sound an alarm and those affected can contact emergency services and contacts via the "SOS Emergency Call" unlock slider.

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Should the user fail to respond to the warning tone for more than ten seconds, a ten second countdown timer will activate. Without interference from the victim of the accident, the device will then proceed to contact the appropriate emergency services. An audio message will then begin to loop, indicating the accident. Should the user own both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, Cupertino will prioritize the watch. The feature is activated by default but can be deactivated via the Settings app.



Hardware & Other Requirements
In an almost three minute-long video, Apple explains Crash Detection's behavior: With the help of the device's respective gyroscope, GPS, and acceleration sensors, the microphone and sophisticated algorithms are able to recognize serious auto accidents. Required, however, is the newest version of the operating systems for either or both iPhone and Apple Watch – and as far as hardware goes, either (or both) an iPhone 14 or an Apple Watch SE (2022), Series 8, or Ultra is required.

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