Google Silently Rolls Out Car Crash Detection App For Pixel Phones

Posted: Sep 30 2019, 11:22pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google silently rolls out car crash detection app for Pixel phones

Pixel phone users will have more safety features on their phones.

Google has quietly added a new safety app for Pixel phone users. It's simply called the "Personal Safety" and it's now available on Google Play, but only for Pixel phones at the moment.

The app was spotted by XDA Developers, which back in May discovered that Google was making changes to its Emergency Information app that paved the way for automatic car crash detection.

The Personal Safety app for Pixel phones will help users dial 911 when the phones detect that they user has been involved in a car crash. As soon as the app is downloaded, Pixel users will have to enter their medical information and choose your emergency contacts. These info will be available even when the phone is locked so that emergency responders can view your medical information and emergency contacts.

Through the app's emergency sharing feature, Google's Personal Safety app will also be able to quickly share a short message to your chosen respondents, along with your current location.

XDA has tested the app. The website said a Pixel phone will vibrate, play a warning tone and say "car crash detected" in the event of a crash. Users can say "emergency" to call 911 or "cancel." They can also tap on the button to select an option.

When users choose the 911 call option, Google will ask them if they want to call emergency services.

The quiet release of the Personal Safety app follows Google's introduction of a feature in August that would let people send information to 911 without having to talk. It is seen as a useful feature especially in cases when the caller is in a position where they can't talk, such as when there's an intruder in their home or in the case of domestic violence.

Just like Google, Apple has also started introducing safety features to its Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 5 now comes with a fall detection feature that automatically places an emergency call if the watch senses the user has taken a hard fall and remains motionless for about a minute.

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