Apple Watch’s crash detection feature saves three lives in car accident


The crash detection feature of the Apple Watch Series 8 has helped save the lives of three people in a serious car accident in Germany after falling from a 20-metre deep embankment.

According to preliminary investigation, the car was traveling on Bundesautobahn 20 (a road in Germany) when it “left the lane to the right, went through a green strip, and catapulted over the crash barrier, reports 9to5Mac.

According to the report, three passengers were “partially trapped in the wreckage of the vehicle in the crash”, and there were no witnesses to the crash, nor could it be seen from the highway above.

The Apple Watch Series 8 automatically shared the exact location of the accident with first responders, allowing police and fire rescue personnel as well as a full rescue service to reach the scene. In addition, the report states that the driver suffered minor injuries while two passengers “suffered serious injuries.” All three were taken to nearby hospitals.

Meanwhile, Apple has released a new iPhone update – iOS 16.3.1, which includes “optimizations” for the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro’s crash detection feature, which has been reported by some search and rescue personnel to cause false alarms during winter sports activities. has been criticized for causing According to a report in The New York Times, not only was the latest iPhone 14 sending crash alerts when users were on a rollercoaster, but also while skiing. A few instances were reported by skiers in Colorado where emergency services arrived on the scene to attempt to rescue them, later discovering that the alerts were false.

The crash detection feature on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models uses the G-force sensor along with other data to detect whether a user has been in a car accident. The iOS 16.3.1 update brings a fix for crash detection and the feature should be working properly.

How to Update Your iPhone to iOS 16.3.1

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings, then tap the General section.
  • Here you will get the option of software update, tapping on which your iPhone will search for the update.
  • If your iPhone model is eligible, you will see the update and its size will depend on the model. Download and install it using your mobile data or Wi-Fi.
  • Your iPhone will restart during the installation process and the update will be applied.

– Written with inputs from IANS

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