Apple's iOS 16.2 beta is collecting data feedback about accidentally activating SOS

Apple introduced a new car accident detection feature on the iPhone 14 / Pro series, which has worked in real life, but it has also been causing false reports. Now, Apple is working to reduce inaccurate reports, piloting a new call for user feedback in the iOS 16.2 beta.

Some people have previously discovered that the feature can be accidentally triggered by roller coasters. In other cases, crash detection didn't kick in at all.

A screenshot from iDeviceHelp shows that Apple's iPhone 14 Pro Max is asking users for feedback when canceling Emergency SOS. The device collects system diagnostic data and sends it to Apple so they can investigate and improve the product.

This diagnostic data is available on iOS Beta, using the Feedback Assistant app to collect data on various bugs and crashes that users encounter. Of course, the official version of iOS has no Feedback Assistant, but it makes sense for Apple to collect data for such an important feature.

The SOS feature in iOS and watchOS allows users to quickly call emergency SOS services by holding down the power and volume buttons, or by pressing them five times quickly.

Apple has added car accident detection to the iPhone 14 series, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. It is integrated into Emergency SOS, and the device can automatically contact the SOS service if the user does not respond.

Apple executives explained how the feature works and said there is no "one-size-fits-all" way to reduce false positives by 100 percent.

Ron Huang, Apple's vice president of sensing and connectivity said, depending on how fast we've been driving before determines what signals we see later. Your velocity changes, combined with impact force, combined with pressure changes, combined with sound level, it's all pretty dynamic algorithms.

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