After adding a new Driving Focus mode in iOS 15 designed to keep
your eyes on the road, Apple is reportedly looking to add a new
safety feature that will automatically call emergency services when
your iPhone or Apple Watch detects a crash.
According to The
Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on a new feature called
crash detection that will use motion-sensor technology to determine
if you have been in a car accident. If so, it would automatically
call 911 in the U.S. and presumably other local emergency
As the Journal describes, the feature uses data from sensors
built into Apple devices including the accelerometer to detect car
accidents as they occur, for instance by measuring a sudden spike
in gravity, or other forces on impact. Apple already uses a similar
system to detect falls with the Apple Watch.
It's unclear how users have been participating in the program or
sharing information with Apple. The Journal says the feature is due
to arrive next year but the timing of the new feature could change,
or Apple could choose not to release it.