A sudden influx of 911 calls have been received near Kings Island. The Ohio amusement park has been the subject of several false alarms lately. And the contributing factor? They all came from iPhone 14s. According to WKRC/CNN Newsource, this is due to a new crash detection feature on the phone. When roller coaster riders take their iPhone 14 on the coaster it flags the feature.
According to Apple, the feature works like this:
When your iPhone detects a severe car crash, it will display an alert and will automatically initiate an emergency phone call after 20 seconds unless you cancel. If you are unresponsive, your iPhone will play an audio message for emergency services, which informs them that you’ve been in a severe crash and gives them your latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates with an approximate search radius. When a crash is detected, Crash Detection won’t override any existing emergency calls placed by other means.
WKRC reports there have been at least 6 calls triggered by riders on the roller coaster with an iPhone 14. To avoid this either don’t take your phone on the ride (which I’d recommend anyway) or put it in airplane mode. No word on if this has been an issue at Carowinds. I’d imagine it’s the high-speed/sudden stops that lead to the alert.