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Google Might Expand Car Crash Detection Outside of Pixel Ecosystem

Google’s fourth addition to its line of premium Pixel smartphones included a bunch of new features that many felt were quite revolutionary with all things having been considered and taken into account. One of the most prominent features introduced in the Pixel 4 was car crash detection because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up sending a notification to emergency services in the event of an accident.

Such features can contribute to lower loss of life if car accidents were to occur, and they are all a part of the overall Personal Safety App that comes with all the latest Pixel smartphones. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Google is rolling these features out to non-Pixel smartphones as well perhaps by adding them to stock Android operating systems that are used by other smartphone manufacturers.

The majority of safety features are likely going to stay exclusive to Pixel phones, but in spite of the fact that this is the case a set of new string additions to the source code have “non-Pixel” written all over them. This suggests that at least some of the features will make it to other Android phones. There were also a few signs that crisis alerts might become more commonplace in non-Pixel Android phones which would help users to protect themselves if inclement or disastrous weather events were to come their way.

It’s been three years since the car crash detection feature was rolled out, and up until this point only people that owned Pixel 4 or at least Pixel 3 smartphones were able to access it. If the hints in the source code turn out to be accurate, we might start seeing an influx of new Pixel users. Google’s flagship smartphone has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, and features like this might just give them the edge they need so any hesitancy regarding wider rollouts might be sensible. However, these features can also strengthen the appeal of Android in general.


H/T: Mishaal Rahman

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