Apple’s latest iOS 16 update includes optimizations for car crash detection

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Some users have reported inadvertent activations while riding on rollercoasters, so maybe the updates in iOS 16.1.2 will fix those.

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Apple has just released iOS 16.1.2, and the company is calling out two key updates in its patch notes: “improved compatibility with wireless carriers” and “Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.”

The Crash Detection enhancements could be particularly notable, as there have been some issues with inadvertent activations since the feature launched. Crash Detection is designed to activate Emergency SOS and alert emergency services if it thinks you’ve been in a car crash, but the feature has also triggered for people safely riding rollercoasters, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Based on the vague iOS 16.1.2 patch notes, it’s unclear if the update addresses these sorts of mistaken alerts, but we’ve asked Apple if it can clarify.

A recent iOS 16.2 beta also added a way to report accidental Emergency SOS activations; if the feature is included in the public iOS 16.2 release, the reports could help Apple cut down on inadvertent alerts in the future.


David has worked in journalism and publishing for more than 15 years. For the last 10 years, he's covered the technology beat, including gadgets, social media, security, and web culture.

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