September 24, 2022
Apple The updated car crash detector on the Apple Watch Series 8 and iPhone 14 knows when you’ve crashed and is happy to help, and won’t tell anyone if the accident is due to texting while driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately half of severe car crashes occur in rural areas and about half also…

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The updated car crash detector on the Apple Watch Series 8 and iPhone 14 knows when you’ve crashed and is happy to help, and won’t tell anyone if the accident is due to texting while driving.

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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