Apple today Share a video Explain how to use the new car crash detection feature that is enabled by default on all iPhone 14 models, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and Apple Watch SE 2nd generation.
in New support document Published today, Apple says the accident detection feature is designed to detect severe auto accidents, such as a frontal collision, side impact, rear collision or rollover involving sedans, vans, SUVs, vans, and other passenger cars. Apple warns that the feature can’t detect all car crashes.
Apple says that if a serious car accident is detected, users will interact with the Apple Watch if they are wearing it. Otherwise, users interact with the iPhone.
When a serious car accident is detected, a supported iPhone or Apple Watch displays an alert and sets off an alarm, according to Apple. If the user is able, they can call emergency services by swiping the emergency call slider on their iPhone or Apple Watch, or ignore the alert. If they do not respond to the alarm after 10 seconds, the device will start another 10 second countdown. If they still do not respond, the device contacts emergency services.
Vehicle crash detection uses sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope on a supported iPhone or Apple Watch. In a press release, Apple said the feature also comes with “advanced motion algorithms designed by Apple and trained with over a million hours of real-world driving data and crash history” to increase accuracy.
The support video and Apple support document explain additional information about traffic accident detection, including important safety considerations.