Apple Watch Series 8 car crash detection triggers and calls for help after driver hits pole

Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra are the first models to include Crash Detection, and the new feature is already coming to the rescue.

An Indianapolis man named Nolan Abell credits his newly purchased Apple Watch Series 8 with calling for help after a dangerous car crash. Nolan says he hit a pole while driving at high speed just a week after buying the watch.

While struggling to stay conscious, Nolan felt the Apple Watch’s haptic feedback and heard a voice asking if he was there.

“If it hadn’t been for that watch, who knows how long it would have taken for help to get to me,” Nolan told ABC News. “Someone would have found me eventually, but it sent me an EMS in five minutes. »

“If your iPhone or Apple Watch detects a serious car accident, your device can help connect you to emergency services,” Apple explains. “Collision Detection is designed to detect serious car accidents, such as frontal, side and rear collisions, as well as rollovers, involving sedans, minivans, SUVs, pickup trucks and other passenger cars. tourism. When a serious car accident is detected, your iPhone or Apple Watch sounds an alarm and displays an alert.

Apple Watch Series 8 car crash detection

Collision detection isn’t just new to the Apple Watch. iPhone 14 models including Plus, Pro, and Pro Max also include collision detection. Not all watches work independently of an iPhone. When you’re away from your iPhone, Crash Detection will only work with Apple Watch Series 8 and Ultra.

“If you have your iPhone and Apple Watch, the emergency call slider only appears on your watch, and the call connects and call audio plays from your watch,” Apple explains.

When collision detection is triggered, the user has 20 seconds to dismiss the alert as emergency services are called. Apple Watch has also championed fall detection, including the recent addition of optimizations for bicycle crashes.

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