The iPhone 14 reportedly dials 911 while riding a roller coaster

The iPhone 14 reportedly dials 911 while riding a roller coaster

The iPhone 14 reportedly dials 911 while riding a roller coaster

iPhone 14 new collision detection functionwhich aims to automatically alert emergency personnel when it calculates that it has been in a car accident, is reportedly having its own slide accident by inadvertently calling 911.

The function, presented at Apple’s product event in early September, uses an on-axis gyroscope and high-G accelerometer to detect four main types of collisions: frontal, side, rear, and rollover. If the sensors detect an impact, the feature will automatically connect the wearer to emergency services. If the user does not reject the call within 20 seconds, an audible message notifies the emergency services of the accident and specifies the location. A function is a part Apple’s increased focus on security features in their mobile products.

But the feature appears to have created a bit of a headache for emergency personnel near Cincinnati’s Kings Island amusement park who have received six calls to detect iPhone crashes since the iPhone 14 went on sale in mid-September. The Wall Street Journal reports on Sunday. Similar warnings were received from passengers on the roller coaster at Six Flags Great America near Chicago.

Also available on the Apple Watch Series 8, the feature’s machine learning takes information collected by sensors, as well as others like the watch’s GPS and microphone, to determine if a collision has occurred. It’s trained on more than a billion hours of driving and crash data. But the feature should only work when someone is in or on the vehicle, Apple said.

That doesn’t mean you should avoid roller coasters if you have a new iPhone or Apple Watch. You can avoid accidental calls by temporarily putting the device in airplane mode or disabling the feature in the settings.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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