Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature prevents a user from taking calls or reading texts while driving

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature prevents a user from taking calls or reading texts while driving
The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL both come with a feature that just might save your life. Toggle on Do Not Disturb under the Driving tab, and the phone will not alert you to incoming texts or calls if it senses that you are in a moving vehicle. This way, if you're behind the wheel, you'll be oblivious to calls and texts that normally you might focus on even while driving. Using your phone while steering and navigating on the road is a big no-no, and deaths due to distracted driving have been on the rise. 

The sensors in the phone and Bluetooth combine to tell the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL that the car you are in is moving. Unfortunately, what they can't do is differentiate between the driver and a passenger in the same car. If you are not driving, you might want to disable the Do Not Disturb feature. Otherwise, DND will turn on automatically when the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL determines that you are in a moving car. And if you're sitting in the passenger seat or one of the back seats, there is no reason to miss out on incoming calls and texts.

The Do Not Disturb feature was discovered in the Google Play Store listing of the Pixel Ambient Services app. This app allows users of the new Pixel handsets to find out the name of  a tune within earshot, on an 'always on' basis. The potentially life saving capability was discovered on the Google Play Store in a screenshot of the menu options.

Sure, this feature can be disabled, even by drivers. We would hope that if you are behind the wheel, you allow Do Not Disturb to do its thing, and prevent you from taking a call or reading a text when you should be totally concentrating on the road ahead of you.

source: PixelAmbientService via AndroidPolice

Related phones

Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 10
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0 inches
    2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3520 mAh
  • OS Android 10



13. thenotoriousrob

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 11, 2017

Cannot believe they didn't offer expandable storage options this year. What a disappointment. I don't want to have everything in the cloud, I want to be able to access files when I want, where I want. I see they at least are up to 2012 standards with IPX rating, but still... looks like this is a big NO for me again. Thanks Google.

11. gamehead unregistered

This feature should be always on. IDGAF

10. releasedate

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

Stupid feature. Why would you want to be unreachable in case of an emergency?


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Old feature Nokia phones already had it years and years ago!

4. tahasmarty01

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

This feature is a direct copy-down of the iOS 11 feature exactly named as DND (Do Not Disturb) on the iPhone. This time, Google seems to be copying the iPhone. Its indications are 1. Removing the headphone jack, while google used to openly mock the iPhone in its Pixel and Pixel XL ads/commercials. 2. This, the DND while driving feature. I can't believe it's even exactly the same name as on the iPhone.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And DND already on android since lollipop (or probably even older than that)

3. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Seems kinda useless? The person who has the foresight and common sense to activate this feature will probably not be the kind of person who will answer their phone or text while driving anyway. This seems to be nothing more than a glorified reminder to do the right thing. People who don't want to do the right thing simply will not activate it :/

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's a good feature, but I doubt those texting-while-driving guy will ever use this feature :-\ And for me (that sometime drive, sometime on passenger seat, and sometime using public transportation), did I need to manually toggle it on and off at daily basis? :-/ Wish google will make it work with android wear, and add option for automatic mode (while on moving vehicle, if your hand on driving position, it turned on, and if not it turned off)

1. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I can't fathom why there is no separate toggle to disable that portion of the DND feature. I understand they want to do good, but if I want it on, let me turn it on/off. Now we'd have to make all kinds of automation profiles to disable DND when connected to the car's bluetooth or something

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