- This year’s Bonnaroo music festival had some false alarms.
- Festival goers reportedly triggered an influx of 911 calls from their iPhones and Apple Watches.
- The feature, which goes off when a device is moved quickly, was likely set off by attendees dancing a little too hard.
The vibes at Bonnaroo festival were so electric this year that they ushered in a wave of accidental emergency calls.
People moshing — or jumping up and down and purposefully colliding — and dancing to music by artists like Kendrick Lamar and the Foo Fighters likely set off the crash-detection feature on Apple Watches and iPhones, leading to five times the number of false 911 dials than average, reported WKRN, a Nashville-based ABC news affiliate.
The feature, which Apple introduced last year, is meant to detect car crashes and alert the appropriate authorities.
While the feature has accurately alerted first responders to crash sites, there have also been a string of false positives — caused by activities like skiing and roller coasters — as it is triggered by rapid movement of a given device.
Scott LeDuc, the director of the 911 communication center for Tennessee’s Coffee County — where the festival takes place — told WKRN that the influx of false alarms did not impact the county’s ability to respond to actual emergencies.
Even Apple offered to send someone to help out, WKRN reported, but LeDuc said that it wasn’t necessary. After sending out alerts to those in attendance, recommending that they deactivate the crash-detection feature, LeDuc said the number of calls dropped by 40% to 60%.”
Apple and LeDuc did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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