Car crash detection improvement was added to iOS 16.2

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  • Instead, they’re all false alarms from the iPhones of skiers in the area. Still, the 911 center had to take these calls seriously and dispatch a rescue team to the area. Trina Dummer, interim director of the Summit County 911 Center, said the dispatcher is re-allocating resources to her Apple crash function with false positives. Dummer went on to reveal, “These calls require an enormous amount of resources, from the dispatcher to her MP to the ski patrol”. The Interim Director continued, “I don’t think we’ve ever had a real emergency.” So most of these automatic calls seem to be false.

  • The Apple iPhone 14 car crash detection feature is still sending bogus 911 calls to authorities, despite the improvements iOS 16.2 brought. The iPhone crash feature appears to be triggered by users skiing, rollercoasters, and similar activities. It turned out to be a misunderstanding and not an actual accident. According to Apple Insider’s latest report, the iPhone 14’s car crash detection feature was triggered by a Colorado skier calling his 911 service, and no unwanted accidents occurred. Apple Insider reports that none of these automated 911 calls at the Summit County 911 Center were actual emergencies.

As such, Dummer added, “They’re diverting resources from people who need them to the functionality of their phones.” According to a recent report by Mac Rumors, a well-known tech giant has tried to fix false alarms from its crash detectors. In fact, the Cupertino-based company rolled out the iOS 16.2 update last November. In its report, Mac Rumors points out that the update’s release notes touched on “optimizations” in detail. So it remains to be seen if the iPhone maker has fixed his incorrect 911 call issue.

Additionally, Apple Insiders report that the latest iOS 16.2 update improves crash detection and fixes more false positives when riding roller coasters and other strenuous activities. However, Mac Rumors points out that the continued influx of false positives in Summit Country suggests that these updates have done little to solve the problem. Although there have been improvements, false alarms from skiers are still a problem.