iPhone 14: the accident detection function put to the test

If your iPhone or Apple Watch detects a serious car accident, your device can help you reach emergency services. This feature, called Accident Detection, has been tested by a team of Youtubers.

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The iPhone 14 and its collision detection function © TechRax

No one wants to try the iPhone 14’s crash detection feature in real life, for obvious reasons. Luckily, the TechRax team was able to demonstrate this feature using a rigged remote. The video can be found below.

The crash detection function of the iPhone 14 tested in real conditions

As you can see in the video below, a iPhone 14 Pro is posed inside a test car, in addition to a GoPro camera. After a few false starts, the car (operated by remote-controlled pulleys) is steered towards a wall of scrapped vehicles. First in a low-speed collision and then in a high-speed collision, which successfully triggers collision detection.

The iPhone begins its countdown to automatically call emergency services, before being canceled by the TechRax team. Interestingly, at least in the case of a low speed crash, there is a little delay between the crash and the triggering of the crash detection.

To read: iPhone 14 and iPhone 13: what are the differences?

Apple claims that collision detection works by using gyroscope and accelerometer iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro to detect various parameters that could indicate a crash. This includes sudden changes in speed and direction, but also loud sounds and pressure changes, the latter being caused by rapidly expanding airbags (as we see in TechRax’s high-speed crash test).

As a reminder, the Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a (as well as any other Pixel launched after the Pixel 3) all have a crash detection feature. They also use the phone’s sensors and location to check for possible collisions and contact emergency services within 60 seconds if they register a potential crash. Similarly, the new Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE (2022) also offer this feature. Find more information on the dedicated page from Apple.

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