Fall detected while in car

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  1. MVPinFLA macrumors 6502

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    For some reason while in the passenger seat of a car, my watch started vibrating. Since I was talking to the driver, I assumed I was receiving a text notification. Since it continued, I looked at the watch face and it thought I had fallen and the only options I saw on the screen were the SOS and "I fell, but I am OK". I didn't see an option that "I did not fall", so I clicked on "I fell, but I am OK" to prevent an automatic SOS call.

    I am concerned that I got the alert while obviously not falling, as well as that I reported that I had fallen, when I hadn't. I would have preferred to let the watch and Apple know that it was a false fall, so that it doesn't think that whatever motion triggered it was a valid trigger in the future. Is there a method of correcting what was reported, or should I just write it off and try to do it correctly if it does it again?
     
  2. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    It probably doesn't "learn" in a way that you confirming it will make it more sensitive, but it seems like it would be a good idea to have an "I didn't fall" choice so Apple could review the data.
     
  3. MVPinFLA thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Looking on the Apple site, there is a "I did not fall" option, but it didn't show on the initial screen I saw.
     
  4. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    Interesting.

    Maybe too much time had gone by?
     
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    edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    You fell. You just don’t know it.

    If you disagree, you could have touched SOS and told them you swear you had not fallen.
    When they get enough calls from people who did not fall, they will discuss it during their meeting and relay their thought to Tim Cook.
     
  7. Bigdog9586 macrumors 6502

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    Mine has went off twice. Once while mowing with my zero turn. It can get a tad bumpy. 2nd time was just working on my flagpole. Nothing even jarring. Looks like they may have some fine running to do. First thing maybe move the did not fall up one notch so can be seen without scrolling.
     
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    Must have been a little too vigorous.
     
  9. MVPinFLA thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There didn't appear to be another option on the screen, like it shows on the Apple website. I didn't even try to scroll, since I was concerned about how much time had passed and I didn't want it to make an SOS call.
     
  10. hologram macrumors 6502

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    I just found this on the Apple site:

    You can choose to contact emergency services or dismiss the alert by tapping "I fell, but I'm OK" or by scrolling down and tapping "I did not fall."

    So it should be there if you scroll.
     
  11. MVPinFLA thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great! If it happens again, I now know to scroll. Thanks
     
  12. poorcody macrumors 6502a

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    So while you are driving, you are forced to focus attention on your watch, or 911 will be called? That doesn't sound like much of a "safety feature"!
     
  13. MVPinFLA thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I couldn’t agree more. Glad I was a passenger rather than driver.
     
  14. tromboneaholic Suspended

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    Since he was still moving, I think nothing would have happened. But feel free to buy another product if you are worried.
     
  15. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    1. You can disable the feature if you’re younger than 65. In fact, it is off by default.

    2. 911 calling will be initiated only when your arm not move for a minute.
     
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    So Apple only cares about people over 65 that don't move after they fall?
     
  17. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    I think it’s likely their fall detection algorithm is more suit to senior citizen. Not someone who’s still active.
     

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