iPhone 14 debuts with car crash detection and satellite SOS

Apple's iPhone 14 boasts new automotive safety features.

The "groundbreaking" safety feature is OnStar-like accident detection.

Apple said the phones had a "new dual-core accelerometer capable of 256Gs and a new high dynamic range gyroscope." These sensors include a barometer, a microphone (which can detect crash noises), and a GPS device that can detect speed variations.

iPhone 14s automatically dial emergency services after a crash, even if the owner is unconscious or can't access the phone. Crash Detection interacts with the Apple Watch, which will display a "emergency services call interface" in the case of an accident.

Apple's Crash Detection depends on "nearly a million hours of real-world driving" and crash data. This will reduce false alerts and spare emergency services. False alarms can be cancelled.

The iPhone 14 has Crash Detection and Satellite SOS. Without mobile service, you can get aid. Users fill out a quick form describing their situation, such as a vehicle issue or medical emergency, and are then shown where to aim their phone to connect to a satellite.

Once a connection is made, Apple-trained personnel will call for support on the user's behalf. Find My lets owners manually disclose their position through satellite.

This helps iPhone users who trek or travel in distant locations. The service will be free for two years in the US and Canada starting in November.

iPhones have iOS 16, 6.1- and 6.7-inch displays, and automotive functions. Upgraded cameras, an A15 Bionic CPU, and a 5-core GPU are also included.

The iPhone 14 costs $799, while the 14 Plus costs $899. iPhone 14 Pro costs $999 and iPhone 14 Pro Max $1,099. The latter two phones use an A16 Bionic chip and a 48MP primary camera.