iPhone 14 Crash Detection Feature Alerts Police of Fatal Car Crash in Nebraska

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A new iPhone feature recognized the collision and dialed 911 alerting authorities to a fatal vehicle accident in Nebraska. The incident, which claimed the lives of six persons, was described by emergency personnel as the “worst crash” they had recently witnessed in the area.

Last month, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro smartphones. “Crash detection” was one of its standout features. The gadget can identify when a device’s user looks to have experienced the effects of a car crash using new sensors in the phone and software algorithms. The iPhone will display an alarm and give consumers the choice to phone emergency services if it does detect such a collision. It will phone them automatically if they do not reply.

This automatic system notified police of a crash over the weekend, according to a Facebook post by Lincoln, Nebraska, police over the weekend. The worst crash in Lincoln in recent memory, according to the responding officers. Lincoln Police Officers responded to a 911 call from an iPhone recording at 2:16 AM on October 2 saying the phone’s owner was in a serious accident and was not responding to their phone.

Officers discovered the automobile, thought to be a black Honda Accord, had been traveling eastward close to the intersection when they arrived, according to the post, which noted an early instance of the technology being used to alert emergency services to a mishap. The 26-year-old driver and the four male passengers, who were ages 21, 22, and 23, were all pronounced dead at the site.

However, Lincoln Police Officers stated in their tweet that the 24-year-old lady “succumbed to the injuries she incurred in the crash” on Sunday. She was transported to the hospital in a life-threatening condition. Both the new iPhone and Apple Watch come with crash detection capability. It is “intended to identify severe car incidents, such as front-impact, side-impact, and rear-end collisions and rollovers involving saloons, minivans, 4X4s, pickup trucks, and other passenger cars,” according to Apple.

The phone will display an alert if such a crash is discovered, highlighting that they appear to have been involved in one. If they do not reply, it will “trigger Emergency SOS.” A 20-second delay occurs, after which the device will dial 911 and play a looping audio message informing the operator that the phone has detected a serious crash, the owner is not responding, and it will also provide a rough location.

Investigators have not yet been able to find any witness to the fatal crash, which took place on Randolph Street in Lincoln.

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