According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an average of 1.3 million people die every year due to traffic accidents around the world. Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death. Aiming to reverse this situation, Apple has also added the ‘Traffic Accident Detection’ feature for iPhone 14 and Apple Watch. The feature, which detects that users are involved in an accident, helps them reach emergency services.
The ‘Traffic Accident Detection’ feature played a very important role in a traffic accident in Tasmania, southeast of Australia today. According to the news of ABC, 5 people were injured in the accident that occurred as a result of the tree falling on the horse transport vehicle. This may actually seem like a trivial, routine traffic accident news. But here is an important detail that should not be overlooked.
iPhone14, owned by one of the passengers, saved lives. Thanks to the ‘Traffic Accident Detection’ feature of the device, the news of the accident was immediately reported to the police. Police reached the scene within 8 minutes. Tasmanian Police Inspector Ruth Orr, who came to the scene, said that the passengers were lucky and that they responded to the accident quickly thanks to the warning from the phone.
The Traffic Accident Detection feature sometimes may not work as intended. The user who got on the roller coaster at the amusement park in the USA last October, so to speak, ‘burned his head’. 39-year-old dentist Sara White’s phone automatically called 911 because of high vibration. When White did not return the call, the iPhone user was thought to have had a serious traffic accident.
While the first example described above proves that the technology is accurate in detecting accidents and works as advertised, the second case demonstrates that there is still a gap in the developed feature and time is needed for it to fully work.
You can find the video where he examined the iPhone 14 family last September, here .