APPLE UPDATES IPHONES, CRASH DETECTOR FOR FALSE ALERTS IN WESTERN CANADA
The newest iPhone 14 has a number of new interesting features, the least of which is the automated system that calls for help if it senses you were in a car crash. This has already saved live in the last few weeks, including a helicopter crash and one couple this week whose car fell 300 feet off a cliff. But what if you didn’t have a crash and emergency services still have to respond? Because that is happening, too. So Apple released an update, just for Western Canada. It seems that snowboarding and skiing challenges the new iPhone feature.
CRASH DETECTION CALLS EMERGENCY SERVICES AFTER IPHONE 14 DETECTS MAJOR IMPACT
The system works by making an automatic call to emergency services if it thinks you were in a crash. If it senses a major impact (or crash) it gives you 20 seconds to respond that you are fine. If you don’t respond, it assumes you need help and makes the call to save your life, potentially, giving responders your exact location as well as other details. But skiers and snowboarders in British Columbia, Canada seem to crash all the time, if on the slopes. While they aren’t in any life threatening danger, their iPhones haven’t been able to make the distinction, and emergency responders have raced to remote areas to save them, unnecessarily.
ONE FALSE ALERT IN WESTERN CANADA INVOLVED IPHONE IN SNOWMOBILE GLOVEBOX
This has led to at least 4 false alarms in the last week alone. One was an iPhone in Canada that was simply bouncing around in a snowmobile’s glovebox, which set off the crash detection. That resulted in a dispatched helicopter for a search and rescue that cost $10,000. Apple put out a new update to fix the issue this weekend, though they have not bothered to release any details of the crash feature fix, or how the fix would work. Apple has also declined any comment on the matter.