Apple’s Crash Detection is flooding 911 dispatchers with false alarms

A user enables Crash Detection on their Apple Watch.

Credit: Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority
  • Skiers are triggering Apple’s Crash Detection feature and unintentionally sending false alarms to 911 dispatchers.
  • The problem became so bad it’s forcing ski resorts to put up signs asking iPhone 14 and Apple Watch owners to turn the feature off or update to the latest version of the software.
  • The dispatchers say that they very rarely see this problem with Android devices.

Having to deal with false alarms is the last thing any 911 dispatcher or first responder needs. But that problem has seemingly ramped up ever since Apple released its Crash Detection feature. The most recent report of the issue appears to have Colorado dispatchers and responders increasingly frustrated.

Apple introduced Crash Detection — a feature Android has had for a while — during the launch of the iPhone 14. The feature is exclusive to the iPhone 14 and the Apple Watch Ultra. When the feature thinks you’ve been in a crash, it sends an SOS to emergency services.


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