As every year, iPhones release new features, some more useful than others. In the case of the new iPhone 14, Apple introduced a new feature that can save lives and that is exactly what has happened in Tasmania.
According to the Australian media ABC News, an off-road truck towing a horse-drawn carriage rammed into a tree stump at around 1:45 a.m. on Monday morning. The iPhone of one of the passengers immediately detected the hit and called the police, who managed to arrive at the scene of the accident in just 8 minutes. There, they found the passengers in an unconscious state.
Of the six victims, five people between the ages of 14 and 20 were taken to hospital immediately. One of the victims had serious injuries and had to be transported by helicopter to Melbourne. In this type of accident, immediate help can make the difference between life and death. Tasmanian Police Inspector Ruth Orr emphasizes: “In cases where people have lost consciousness in accidents like this, the police should be alerted quickly.
“Crash Detection”, the iPhone 14 feature that can save lives
The iPhone 14 was launched last September 2022 and one of the features that attracted the most attention was its “Crash Detection“. To date, this feature has saved the lives of numerous victims of serious accidents. The same applies to its SOS function via satellite, which is used to contact the emergency services in the event that you lack any kind of connection.
However, the Crash Detection feature is not perfect. The new iPhones can also give false positives, which unfortunately, has been the norm since they were launched. There are numerous testimonials from users who have seen their iPhone alerting the authorities because they have been in amusement parks or ski resorts, without going any further. Luckily, Crash Detection can be disabled from your iPhone’s settings, but the authorities do not recommend that you do so. After all, your life could depend on it in serious situations.
On the other hand, Apple has heeded the criticism and optimized Crash Detection in the iOS 16 1.2 patch to reduce false positives as much as possible. Remember to always keep your iPhone updated, as this will fix the bugs and increase the security of your device.