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(C|Net)   IPhone's new crash detection software keeps dialing 911 for people who ride rollercoasters   (cnet.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Amusement park, IPhone, new Crash Detection feature, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco, Roller coaster, San Francisco Bay, iPhone 14's  
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1117 clicks; posted to Main » and Business » on 10 Oct 2022 at 8:55 AM (15 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-10-10 3:54:09 AM  
This reminds me of the time my Apple watch buzzed my wrist and said it looked like I just had a hard fall and would contact EMS if I didn't cancel it. I was just sitting at my desk at the time, so I have no idea what triggered it. I'm just glad that I was paying attention and stopped the call in time.
 
2022-10-10 10:41:26 AM  
Yeah, this is one of those features that just screams "net negative." It's going to cause so many false alarms and wasted resources that it easily outweighs the benefit of the feature.

Plus, most nasty accidents have witnesses elsewhere on the road, and those witnesses typically call 911 on their own. I've done so on two occasions.
 
2022-10-10 10:45:10 AM  
You shouldn't be making phone calls on roller coasters anyway.
 
2022-10-10 10:48:10 AM  
IPhone creates unnecessary ridiculous features. This and more at 11.
 
2022-10-10 11:08:18 AM  
My wife put her iPhone upside down in the drink holder to charge while we were driving and it did the same thing. I, hilariously might I add, commented that if we got in an actual accident the damn thing would probably think an apocalypse had happened.
 
2022-10-10 11:19:08 AM  

NotCodger: This reminds me of the time my Apple watch buzzed my wrist and said it looked like I just had a hard fall and would contact EMS if I didn't cancel it. I was just sitting at my desk at the time, so I have no idea what triggered it. I'm just glad that I was paying attention and stopped the call in time.


There was an article a few days ago about someone who dropped his iPhone.

So obviously it sent an SMS to his family about him having crashed on his motorcycle.

I guess it was kinda his own fault for enabling the "spam my family with messages of doom" feature, given that, like, wtf. should they do about it if it was real?
 
zez
2022-10-10 11:32:14 AM  
My Garmin cycling computer has this feature. I immediately turned it off because between the rough and jarring world of mountain biking and the bike just falling over because I leaned it up against something wrong I didn't want to have to deal with turning off the alert.
 
2022-10-10 11:35:08 AM  
It just so happens that having first responders bust down my door while I'm in the midst of an epic fap session is my fetish.  Now I just need to get an Apple Watch.
 
2022-10-10 11:53:11 AM  

TheCableGuy: IPhone creates unnecessary ridiculous features. This and more at 11.


Apple can't be not innovating and copying everyone else while simultaneously creating those same useless features.
 
2022-10-10 11:53:57 AM  
it looks like we have a mass casualty event at the six flags.  and another...OH GOD ANOTHER!!
 
2022-10-10 12:12:26 PM  
Gosh, if only the phone had some sort of location detection feature that could tell if you were at an amusement park. Maybe someday...
 
2022-10-10 12:12:57 PM  
If GPSLOCATION = AMUSEMENTPARKLOCATION then IGNORECALL

It's an amusement park. When real event happened there are typically dozens of calls occur in a short period of time. Often there are videos included in a news worthy article.
 
2022-10-10 12:27:06 PM  

NotCodger: This reminds me of the time my Apple watch buzzed my wrist and said it looked like I just had a hard fall and would contact EMS if I didn't cancel it. I was just sitting at my desk at the time, so I have no idea what triggered it. I'm just glad that I was paying attention and stopped the call in time.


Right.  Just sitting at your desk.  I found the security video:

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2022-10-10 12:52:14 PM  
You can avoid the accidental calls by temporarily putting the device on airplane mode or disabling the feature in settings.
So user error. That's the way Apple will see it.
 
2022-10-10 1:01:53 PM  
So this is, what, the twentieth way an Apple product will call 911?

/Wife's a dispatcher
//It causes a lot of useless calls that need response
///10-76 with a quick 10-8
 
2022-10-10 1:04:40 PM  

Ken VeryBigLiar: So this is, what, the twentieth way an Apple product will call 911?

/Wife's a dispatcher
//It causes a lot of useless calls that need response
///10-76 with a quick 10-8


Apple should be billed for every false alarm they generate. That would probably solve the problem very quickly.
 
2022-10-10 1:09:59 PM  
You couldnt pay me to carry an iphone.
Literally, ive turned down jobs before because the employer required me to have an iphone.

They tried to talk it up like it was a perk... "all our employees get a free iphone!" 
"can i keep using my android instead?"
"No we only use ipones here"
"Thats a hard pass"
 
2022-10-10 1:26:17 PM  
WHO COULD HAVE EVER SEEN THIS COMING? Surely NOT the 'geniuses' at Apple!
 
2022-10-10 1:40:08 PM  
I hear they instinctively turn off if set down next to a console or PC playing a Bethesda Studios game.
 
2022-10-10 1:56:06 PM  
New sign outside carnivals. "Please Turn of Crash Detection Before Riding".
 
2022-10-10 2:39:42 PM  
 Everything has a nannyware component these days. Can I assume you can turn this off at least?
 
2022-10-10 2:57:22 PM  

chasd00: Everything has a nannyware component these days. Can I assume you can turn this off at least?


You can
 
2022-10-10 3:10:13 PM  

Eddie Hazel's E string: Yeah, this is one of those features that just screams "net negative." It's going to cause so many false alarms and wasted resources that it easily outweighs the benefit of the feature.

Plus, most nasty accidents have witnesses elsewhere on the road, and those witnesses typically call 911 on their own. I've done so on two occasions.


Yes but that one rare outlier event that saves someone's life will be turned into an ad for them at some point.

Don't look at all the first responders that got sent out to people who fell asleep and dropped their phone.
 
2022-10-10 3:50:30 PM  
You're entertaining yourself wrong.

/Should be at home, buying a movie on Apple TV, not having "fun" at "amusement parks"
 
2022-10-10 5:24:48 PM  

zez: My Garmin cycling computer has this feature. I immediately turned it off because between the rough and jarring world of mountain biking and the bike just falling over because I leaned it up against something wrong I didn't want to have to deal with turning off the alert.


Let's be honest. You turned it off because it's useless if it doesn't pause your ride.
 
2022-10-10 5:26:48 PM  
That's nothing.  The log flume ride sets off the ovulation alarm.
 
2022-10-10 6:51:59 PM  
The EMTs will be very impressed with the impeccably rounded corners though.
 
2022-10-10 7:32:33 PM  

chewd: You couldnt pay me to carry an iphone.
Literally, ive turned down jobs before because the employer required me to have an iphone.

They tried to talk it up like it was a perk... "all our employees get a free iphone!" 
"can i keep using my android instead?"
"No we only use ipones here"
"Thats a hard pass"


Wow. If work gave me a phone just for work I wouldn't give a fark what it was. It's not going to stop me from using my primary phone when I wasn't working.
 
2022-10-10 8:32:11 PM  
My Android phone called 911 when my hear rate spiked after looking at the prices of a new iPhone.
 
2022-10-10 9:10:56 PM  

Eddie Hazel's E string: Yeah, this is one of those features that just screams "net negative." It's going to cause so many false alarms and wasted resources that it easily outweighs the benefit of the feature.

Plus, most nasty accidents have witnesses elsewhere on the road, and those witnesses typically call 911 on their own. I've done so on two occasions.


There haven't been very many commercials I've heard or seen that made me go "Daaaaammm....that was good!", but one of them was an Onstar commercial I heard on the radio.  Went something like:

announcer voice: The following is an actual OnStar call....

"This is OnStar, how can I help you?"
...silence...
"This is the OnStar operator.  Can I help you?"
...more silence...
"This is the OnStar operator.  I am showing an airbag deployment in your vehicle.  I am dispatching emergency services to your location right now"

When my ex and I used to drive late at night from Houston to Lafayette, LA for family stuff at her parent's house, even on I-10 there were stretches where we were the only car we could see.  There isn't always someone around to see the accident.  Crash detection is nice but where do you draw the line on sensitivity?  False positives or false negatives?
 
2022-10-10 9:45:55 PM  
Lol, the surveillance state paired with consumer driven security theater is fun. Can't wait to be swatted for stubbing my toe.
 
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