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The new iPhone feature has caused a bunch of accidental 911 calls to Bonnaroo

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Apple recently implemented a new feature in its iPhone and Apple Watch devices that aims to automatically alert first responders if a user has been involved in a car accident. This all sounds well and amazing, but the Apple product team must not have had much of a point in mind, because the Bonnaroo attendees apparently made a bunch of unintentional 911 calls during the Thursday jamming.

Manchester, Tennessee police alerted festival-goers to the fiasco on Twitter: “MPD has responded to multiple accidental calls to 911 in Bonnaroo. These calls were likely the result of Crash Detection Mode, a new feature on Apple iPhones. Please pay attention and consider Deactivate this feature on your phone until Bonnaroo is finished.” The official Bonnaroo Twitter account also said: “Let’s work as a team to solve this problem!”

Crash Detection Mode is designed to activate when it detects sudden acceleration and deceleration, but it hasn’t fully captured the concept of context just yet: The feature has also reportedly prompted unintentional 911 calls from skaters and roller coaster riders.


It’s unclear exactly what kinds of moves caused calls to flood in from Bonnaroo – perhaps Jacks heading to Zeds Dead? Copious amounts of ass shaking during Big Freedia? However, Knocked Loose, Kendrick Lamar, and recently reunited Diarrhea Planet are all playing the festival tonight, so there are still plenty of “mishaps” to “unearth.”

Foo Fighters, Odesza, Paramore, My Morning Jacket, Korn, Pixies, Baby Keem, Lil Nas X, Tyler Childers, and more are also coming to the ranch this weekend. If you can’t do it in person, many shows are also available to stream on Hulu.

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