The iPhone 14 accidentally calls 911 while the user is on a rollercoaster
“The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash...” Except, the owner was just on a roller coaster.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, several iPhone 14 users accidentally kept calling 911 at amusement parks across the US. This new iPhone 14 feature is sensitive enough to be triggered by G-force pull by a roller coaster.
The new iPhone 14 features able to automatically alert the authorities when you're involved in a car crash. This was the unexpected incident when Apple announces that their new car crash detection features were built into their new iPhone 14,14 Pro and Watch Series 8, SE, Ultra which was rolled out last month.
iPhone 14, and 14 Pro utilize sensors like the gyroscope and accelerometer together with algorithms that are trained with car crash records and real-world driving data to make the car crash detection feature function.
If this feature detects you've been in a severe crash, your iPhone 14 will make an alert and then call emergency services within 20 seconds if you don’t dismiss it. The call then will alert the authorities and provide them with your latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates with an approximate search radius.
The false calls were likely caused by the movement and high-g pulled by the roller coaster made the iPhone's sensors think it was a car crash.
All of these false calls actually will waste the resources of the authorities. So the best thing that you can do to avoid this for now, is to turn this feature off for a while if you want to do high-g activities like roller coasters, bump cars, or casual go-karting. The easiest way is just to put your phone on airplane mode.