11 October 2019
Google appears to have a new Personal Safety app to launch soon which will detect car crash and call emergency services on your behalf. The folks over at XDA Developer managed to spot the app on the Play Store which Google might have posted prematurely. The listing also includes a couple of screenshots which reveal the important details that simply mention the aim and work of this app.
The new feature came to notice when Google updated the built-in Emergency Information app on Pixel 2 XL of one of the folks at XDA Developers. The app is rebranded in version 1.0.271601625 release as “Personal Safety.” And, the updated listing on the Play Store reveals most of the vital things.
The Personal Safety app by Google which may debut on Pixel 4 detects the car accidents and automatically calls 911 and provides your location to emergency services in the US. They may sound to you similar to the Apple Watch’s fall detection mode which detects if a user falls and initiates the emergency call.
Based on what is available in the spotted screenshots, the app will ask twice for a response before making a 911 call. The user will have a chance to tap “I’m OK” to stop the emergency call from being placed. The app also warns in the note that “high impact activities may also activate car crash detection.” So, here as well, you would need to tap “I’m OK” to stop a false-triggered call. After confirming that you’re okay, Personal Safety app asks what happened and you can pick between no crash or minor crash to help improve detection accuracy.
The app also tells that the Pixel phone uses your device’s location, motion sensors, and ambient audio (maybe glass collisions) to detect a car crash. According to the app’s listing, this functionality will only be available in the United States whenever this feature rolls out.
It’s possible that the feature first comes with the Pixel 4 phones and later Google rolls out it to older Pixel phones. So, expect to learn more about Personal Safety at Google’s Pixel 4 event on October 15th.