Google accidentally leaks car crash detection for Pixel handsets

Google accidentally leaks car crash detection for Pixel handsets
According to XDA, Google accidentally leaked a new app for its Pixel line called "Personal Safety" after prematurely listing it in the Google Play Store. While Google has already removed the listing from its app storefront, screenshots taken before its removal reveal that the app "helps you stay safe and connected to first responders and your emergency contacts." With the app installed, a Pixel handset in the U.S. will be able to detect if there has been a car accident and will automatically call 9-1-1 with the location.

The phone will use its accelerometer and microphone to detect an accident. Once a crash is picked up by the device, it will vibrate and sound an alert at maximum volume. The Pixel will ask whether the user is okay and if it doesn't get a response, a call to 9-1-1 will be placed. As we noted, this call will include location information so that emergency responders will be able to quickly arrive at the scene of the accident.


The new app is likely to be unveiled October 15th at the Made by Google event and there is the possibility that it will launch on the Pixel 4 series and eventually be sent to older models via a software update. Or, Google could keep the app exclusive to its new handset line. Considering that it will apparently be found in the Google Play Store, we'd guess that all Pixels will get a shot at this app.

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Pixel 4
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Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
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8 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1267; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Google: “You crashed” Me: “you don’t say” Google: “here are some top insurance companies, car dealerships, and hospitals in your area” Just another ploy to push advertising.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1551; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Insurance doesn't cover you for accidents that happened before you had the insurance... Not sure how it is where you are from, but in the US Google pushing insurance advertisements post-crash would be pointless.

4. Alcyone

Posts: 467; Member since: May 10, 2018

A person can be dropped for filing too many claims in a set amount of time. Happened to me, many years ago. As slight as it is, it may what was said in theory could be. Than, again, Google is in for advertising, and a dead person is one less potential ad pitch. Thus, in turn is less $ for whomever. Just business as usual, just a sugary coated way to make it look friendly.

3. mackan84

Posts: 546; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Great feature! Release it for iOS, google.

5. LAgurl

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

Released Accidentally my ass

7. DBozz

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Ha ha... u got them red handed bro :D

6. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Pretty sweet feature but I'm sure most modern cars made in the past 5 years have auto 911 if you get in a crash. I know my 2018 focus does and will call 911 with location details in an event of a crash as well as how many airbags were deployed in the car.. pretty nifty feature

8. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Lol well I drive a 2005 Toyota that doesn't have any of those features in your Ford so...

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