One of the most useful new features of the iPhone 14 is, without a doubt, the collision detector. With this system, Apple wants to save the lives of the thousands of drivers who suffer in a road accident and are so badly off that they are not even able to call the emergency room after the blow. Now we have seen it in action.
The iPhone 14 has not arrived on the right foot. Manzana has announced that it is working to fix its main bugs, but it is not all bad news. With the launch of the phone, the company announced the emergency mode, for accidents. The operation is simple, it appears in screen.
This novelty should not be confused with emergency messages via satellite, this tool is designed for those Apple users who are somewhere without coverage and need help. Now we are talking about the iPhone 14 accident detector, more designed for car hits.
A youtuber has tested -literally- the function in his iPhone 14 and has discovered that Apple’s new system reliably springs into action in the event of a vehicle-to-vehicle collision (i.e. a strong blow).
TechRax today released a video in which its team can be seen remote controlling a self-driving car containing an iPhone 14 Pro strapped to the headrest of the seat with the screen facing the camera as they attempt to crash it into a stationary vehicle.
After a series of crashes and attempts, the remote controlled car successfully crashes at low speed in what could be described as a typical collision where only the sheet metal is damaged (plus a couple of weeks of sore neck).
After a short delay, the iPhone 14 Pro’s collision detection feature automatically activates and the phone initiates an emergency SOS countdown, which is manually canceled by the device before calling the emergency services.
On the second successful attempt, the car crashes into the wall of vehicles at higher speeds, leaving its hood congealed in the crash. Again, Apple’s collision detection feature reliably kicks in and is manually overridden by the computer.
Apple could save lives with the accident detector
While TechRax’s test results don’t necessarily show that the feature works as reliably in real-world severe uncontrolled collisions, the fact that it turned on as expected at launch is quite an achievement indeed.
For collision detection to turn on, the motion sensor of the iPhone 14 with a high dynamic range gyroscope and a high gravity accelerometerGPS, barometer, microphone, and advanced motion algorithms must work together to accurately detect a collision.
On by default, Crash Detection is compatible with all models of iPhone 14, Apple Watch SE (2nd generation), Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra. That is, the entire new Apple ecosystem.