Your iPhone and Apple Watch could soon be able to detect a car crash and dial 911

Apple is planning to add a crash detection feature on both the iPhone and the Apple Watch in 2022. The feature will also automatically dial 911. Both these devices will use inbuilt sensors like an accelerometer and gyroscope to accurately map out a crash and trigger a 911 emergency call.

Photo by Joshua Santos from Pexels
Photo by Joshua Santos from Pexels

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been collecting a lot of data anonymously from iPhone and Apple Watch users. From around 10 million suspected vehicle impacts, Apple learned that more than 50,000 of them were accompanied by a call to 911. Apple has been working to improve the accuracy of its crash detection algorithm using this data.

On the Apple Watch, a similar feature is already present called fall detection. This triggers an automatic response to emergency services and loved ones if you don’t respond to the prompt within a certain time frame after you fell, say, from a bike. Fall detection was first featured on the Apple Watch Series 4 and has saved multiple lives since then.

With crash detection on both iPhone and the Apple Watch coming out in 2022, the company intends to make its customers’ lives more safe and secure.