iOS 16’s crash detection is too sensitive, firefighters call for changes

iPhone 14 collision detection is getting triggered more and more frequently for no reason. A small malfunction that has serious consequences in terms of human and financial resources, as evidenced by the testimony of more and more Canadian rescuers.

A helicopter against the backdrop of the mountains / Credit: 123rf

Several testimonials from Canadian rescuers attest to the thesis that the accident detection of the iPhone 14 is a little too sensitive. Three times in two days, British Columbia emergency crews were dispatched for nothing looking for accident victims because of this feature.

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In the first case, the smartphone was tossed from left to right in the glove compartment of a snowmobile: the rescue function of iOS was activated, which triggered the dispatch of a helicopter and a search party. The following two days, the firefighters were contacted to intervene near a ski resort… there again for nothing. iOS 16 had called for help from the pocket of skiers who were hurtling down the snowy slopes.

The research carried out following the detection of an accident of the iPhone 14 is very expensive

This waste of time and energy irritating Canadian rescuers. That said, false positives are too common. At this rate, the budget and the human and financial resources of the emergency teams plan to run out quickly. Rescuers demanding that Apple find a solution.

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Kyle Hale, manager of a rescue center in British Columbia, says, “We expected this false positive problem to happen. But we still have to verify the source of the call. So we send a helicopter in the middle of nowhere for 40 minutes”. This kind of research can cost the community up to $10,000. In addition to tweaking crash detection sensitivity settings using user-supplied data, Apple is also considering making the feature optional.

Source: Apple Insider

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