Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Apple just turned its smartwatch and iPhone into a car safety device.

Apple announced auto accident detection for the Apple Watch Series 8, the new Watch SE with WatchOS 9 and the iPhone 14 with iOS 16 at an iPhone 14 debut event on Wednesday.

Traffic Accident Detection with Apple Watch Series 8

Traffic Accident Detection with Apple Watch Series 8

Hardware modifications for the Series 8 watch that enable incident detection include a three-axis gyroscope and accelerometer capable of measuring a force up to 256g.

In addition to the new hardware, the watch’s microphone, GPS, and barometer now take constant readings. The data is fed into machine learning to detect when a car accident occurs.

Apple has also integrated crash detection into the iPhone. The phone will work with Apple Watch sensors, but it will also detect a car accident regardless of whether or not an Apple Watch is present. Hardware changes to the iPhone 14 to enable crash detection include a high-definition gyroscope and dual-core accelerometer.

Apple said it has been studying front, side, rear and rollover impact collisions for years to develop crash detection. The new feature is designed to detect an accident in passenger cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.

Quick to crack down on privacy concerns, Apple noted that all data is kept local on the hardware and is only processed at the time of the incident.

Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Watch Series 8

Apple said the Watch Series 8 will cost $ 399 for the GPS model and $ 499 for the cellular model. The new Watch SE will cost $ 249 for the GPS model and $ 299 for the cellular model. Orders for both will begin Wednesday before launching on September 16.

Set to launch alongside the Watch Series 8, the iPhone 14 will cost $ 799 with pre-orders starting Friday before launching on September 16. The larger Plus model will cost $ 899, and while pre-orders begin Friday, those craving the larger screen will have to wait for the launch on October 7.

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