Car crash detection is more sensitive than expected

Announced with some emphasis by Apple, during its last keynote, the detection of car accidents allowed with the iPhone 14 was tested in (almost) real conditions by a youtuber.

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Independently tested by a YouTuber, the traffic accident detection feature seems to be on point… but it has a few surprises in store // Source: TechRax – YouTube

Us mentioned in our iPhone 14 Pro testthe new collision detection function offered Apple on the latest iPhones it has been tested by YouTuber TechRax. Carried out in real conditions, or almost, the test allows observing the operation of this novelty without endangering anyone.

For the purposes of the video, the car crash test In fact, it has been equipped with a rudimentary device that allows (fortunately) to avoid the presence of a driver at the wheel. The test was also carried out in the middle of a field, with no one getting in the way of the vehicle.

A slightly more sensitive detection than expected?

As indicated in 9to5Mac, the video helps us to estimate specifically what type of collision triggers one of the alerts revealed by Apple during its keynote. The opportunity also to realize that, contrary to what Apple might suggest, a ” serious car accident it is not necessarily necessary for the iPhone 14 collision detection to be alerted.

If it takes more than a few bumps in the road to activate it, a moderate collision (with or without opening the airbags) may suffice: then a gigantic pile-up isn’t necessary, and that’s probably a good thing. We also noticed that in some cases, the alert takes about ten seconds before being displayed on the screen.

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As a reminder, Apple introduced the collision detection feature during the presentation conference of your iPhone 14. It is only available on the brand’s latest devices, namely the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, and Apple Watch Ultra. This novelty works by taking advantage of the algorithms developed by Apple, but also and above all by exploiting new sensors: a new high dynamic range gyroscope and a new dual-core accelerometer.

Crash Detection on iPhone can now detect a serious car accident and automatically call emergency services when a user is unconscious or unable to reach their iPhone “, describes Apple. The brand also specifies that this function is also based on more conventional tools integrated into its new products, such as its barometer (which can now detect changes in pressure in the cabin of a vehicle), its GPS (which provides additional data on the fly changes ), or even their microphones (to identify the characteristic sounds of an accident).


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