Apple Watch Crash Detection played 'central role' in accident rescue

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Apple Watch saves lives.

As reported by Heise, a recent incident showcased the importance of the new Crash Detection feature built into the Apple Watch. Three men were driving in a car in Germany at around 2:00 AM when they left the roadway and "fell down a 20-meter-deep embankment...the three vehicle occupants were injured, some seriously. The three young men were partially trapped in the vehicle wreckage in the accident. There were no witnesses to the accident."

Luckily, one of the occupants of the vehicle had one of the new Apple Watches that contain Crash Detection. According to the report, "the Apple Watch automatically sent the GPS coordinates to the rescue control center in Straubing." A person involved in the accident said that "the watch played a central role in the rescue as there were no witnesses and only a few signs of the accident."

Crash Detection is an exclusive feature on the iPhone 14 and new Apple Watches

The incident isn't the first time that Crash Detection came into play in an emergency situation. The feature, along with Apple's Emergency SOS via satellite feature, came to the rescue for a couple in California whose car went off a mountain, falling approximately three hundred feet into the canyon below.

As Apple explains, the feature will automatically detect a car crash (in certain vehicle types) and call emergency services using both your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Apple says that "with a new dual-core accelerometer capable of detecting G-force measurements of up to 256Gs and a new high dynamic range gyroscope, Crash Detection on iPhone can now detect a severe car crash and automatically dial emergency services when a user is unconscious or unable to reach their iPhone."

Crash Detection is currently available on the iPhone 14iPhone 14 ProApple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE (2nd generation), and Apple Watch Ultra.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.