Madison County first responders say crash detection technology is leading to multiple false calls

  • Source: WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville
  • Published: 04/20/2024 05:39 AM

VIDEO: Local first responders want people to know about a newer iPhone feature giving them some issues. Crash detection is a feature on newer iPhones and Apple Watches. The feature will now alert officials if you’ve been involved in a wreck. The devices recognizes an impact, and dials 911. Madison County first responders said while this feature is lifesaving, it also creates problems with false calls. “I’m not supposed to be talking on my phone, and it slides down to the floorboard and hits something and activates the crash detection, I do need to be aware and thoughtful,” Don Webster with HEMSI said. Webster said HEMSI gets around eight to ten of the calls a week, and almost all of them are not an actual wreck. The same feature affects volunteer firefighters.


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