You might remember Google’s car crash detection feature introduced in 2019, but it was exclusive to the US at that time. Well, the good news is that Google has expanded this life-saving feature to users in India, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, and Switzerland.
Google’s car crash detection feature
This built-in safety feature on specific Pixel phone models is designed to provide initial help in car crash situations. To use it, your phone must have location, physical activity, and microphone permissions, and a working SIM card. It relies on the accelerometer, location data, and microphones to detect crashes. It’s available in 11 languages, but not in Hindi.
If a crash is detected, your Pixel phone will automatically call local emergency services (e.g., 112 in India). It will display an “I’m Okay” prompt after the call. You have 60 seconds to cancel if it’s a false alarm. Tapping “I’m Okay” offers choices like “No crash,” “Minor crash,” and “Call 112.”
If you proceed with the emergency call, you can select the type of assistance needed, such as medical, fire, or police.
Keep in mind that with this feature active, even if your phone is locked during a crash, others can access your lock screen message and emergency details. You can disable this in the Personal Safety app. Also, be aware that false emergency calls are often against the law in many countries, so cancel them within 60 seconds if it’s a false alarm.
Google’s car crash detection feature: Compatible Pixel phones
For users in India, the safety feature is exclusively compatible with Pixel 4a, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7a, Pixel 8, and Pixel 8 Pro. In global markets, it’s accessible on Pixel 4a and all subsequent models, including the Pixel Fold.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you turn on the car crash detection feature on your Pixel phone:
Access the Personal Safety app
Locate and open the Personal Safety app on your Pixel phone. This app is labeled as Safety in your app drawer. You can find it quickly by using Google search or the app drawer search bar.
Go to Settings
Once you’re in the Personal Safety app, look for the cogwheel icon at the top left corner of the screen. Tap on this icon to access the settings screen.
Enable Car Crash Detection
In the settings, locate the Car crash detection option, and within its sub-menu, simply toggle the switch to enable car crash detection.
Test the feature (Optional)
Once car crash detection is enabled, you can practice by activating a demo. It will make your phone ring and vibrate. Swipe left to access options to call 911 or your local emergency number (e.g., 999) and specify if you weren’t in a crash or had a minor one.
Enabling car crash detection on your Pixel phone is a simple process, and it offers an added layer of safety during your journeys. Make sure that your phone has the necessary permissions and a working SIM card for this feature to function effectively.
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