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Crash Detection also confuses dances with accidents

Crash Detection was one of the star functions in the announcement, last September, of the iPhone 14 and the new Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra. And it is not for less, since this function can make a huge difference in certain circumstances. And given that we are talking about circumstances that can have a particularly tragic outcome, I have no hesitation in congratulating Apple for the idea and celebrating that they decided to move forward in this direction.

In case you don’t know this technology, Crash Detection Combines readings from multiple iPhone or Apple Watch sensors, more specifically the assembly formed by a gyroscopic unit, an accelerometer capable of accurately detecting movements with a very high G load. The readings from both sensors are constantly evaluated by the software, which is capable of interpreting certain patterns as a sign that the user has suffered some type of collision-accident in a vehicle.

From that point, the device will display a message on the screen with a countdown and, if the user does not cancel it, will automatically contact emergency services, to whom it will provide the necessary information so that they can travel, as soon as possible, to the place where the accident occurred. This, in cases where the victim has lost consciousness, will still allow them to receive medical attention as quickly as possible. That said, the idea is exceptional.

However, As we have already told you in the last few months, Crash Detection makes some mistakes. For example, less than a month had passed since the announcement of this technology, and we already learned that the system interpreted a ride on a roller coaster as an accident, and earlier this year, with the ski season starting in the Western Hemisphere, News also began to arrive about the effects of skiing on this function.

Crash Detection also confuses dances with accidents

As the months go by, other activities are being developed profusely, which is new litmus tests for this technology and, unfortunately, it seems that new errors continue to appear in it. Thus, as we can read in Gizmodo, dancing at a festival can also erroneously trigger Crash Detection. More specifically, the article echoes the high volume of false positives that occurred among those attending the Bonnaroo Music Festival, an event dedicated to music and other artistic disciplines that is held annually in Manchester, Tennessee, United States.

During the celebration of the event, the usual number of false alerts was multiplied by five And while this didn’t overwhelm the response capacity of the emergency services, it did cause some special measures to be taken, such as asking attendees to temporarily disable Crash Detection, in a process in which Apple also agreed. involved. Once the attendees followed these instructions, the volume of emergency announcements returned to normal.

I repeat what I said at the beginning, Crash Detection seems like an excellent idea. Of course, I hope that Apple is taking very good note of all these incidents to improve its operation, in terms of avoiding false positives. And it also seems worrying to me that a user must deactivate it to carry out certain activities and, later, forget to activate it again. But I am confident that Cupertino will be able to find a solution to end this problem.

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