Though the crash detection feature in the Apple iPhones is designed to help users in case of accidents but it turns out the devices are reading roller coaster rides also as mishaps.
In the United States, there have been instances where iPhones of several amusement park visitors sent out crash alerts to the authorities, The Wall Street Journal reported.
A similar alert was sent out from the iPhone of Sara White when she went to visit the Kings Island amusement park outside Cincinnati.
Before going for a roller coaster ride, White put her iPhone 14 into her waist pouch. But after the ride, she was shocked to see multiple missed calls and voice messages in her phone from a 911 dispatcher inquiring after her.
A team was sent on the spot. White immediately called the emergency dispatcher back, telling them she was fine.
According to the report, six such calls were received from people at the amusement park while they were enjoying rides. Similarly, In Chicago, Apple devices also sent out crash alerts from another park.
These calls are increasing the workload of responders. “We are very vigilant about calls. No call doesn’t get checked,” an official told WSJ. “You get used to calls that are not an emergency, but it’s wear and tear on the dispatchers.”
The crash detection feature on Apple devices that works on the iPhone 14 range and Watch Series 8, detects collisions and rollovers involving pickup trucks, sedans, SUVs and minivans.
When the devices detect impact, they automatically flash an Emergency Call slider. However, the users can choose to make the call or dismiss it. But if they do not respond within 20 seconds, the devices call emergency services.
However, this feature on the Apple devices can be disabled to avoid sending out falls alerts.