Could your new phone call 911 when you get on a rollercoaster?

New iPhone may misinterpret a thrill ride for a real life crash

SEVIERVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – The new iPhone could give rollercoaster riders a headache.

And the folks at Dollywood are taking notice.

The new iPhone 14 and 14 Pro can alert emergency services if you have been in a wreck.

The problem is that the ups and downs on a coaster can be mistaken for a wreck.

If the phone senses a movement that it interprets as a crash, it sends you an alert.

If you do not clear the alerts in 20 seconds, the phone automatically calls 911.

And that could happen while people were on a rollercoaster.

Dollywood is dealing with the problem by posting signs urging us to put our phones in airplane mode or just turning them off before getting on a ride.

But it’s not just your phone that could be a problem.

Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE (2nd generation) and Apple Watch Ultra all come with the same watch OS that has the crash detector.

 

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