According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately half of severe car crashes occur in rural areas and about half also involve a single vehicle. So having something in your pocket or on your wrist that can get help for you is clearly more than a bit useful than asking Lassie to do it.
How Crash Detection Works
Both the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 feature a microphone that detects impact noise, an accelerometer that senses rapid deceleration, and a barometer that can mark a shift in pressure consistent with an airbag. One of those sensors is bound to notice you’ve crashed if the other two are taking a coffee break.
Specifically, a 3-axis gyroscope and a high g-force accelerometer allows the watch to sample motion at about 3,000 times a second so it can sense the precise moment of impact, meaning it may know you’re in…
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