“Google’s Safety Hub car crash detection app might rely on the data from the accelerometer sensor and the microphone”
Google released the Android Q Beta 3 at its I/O 2019 event last week. It introduced new features like the dark mode, new navigation gestures, improvements to Digital Wellbeing, notification Bubbles, Live Captions, and more. Now, according to XDA Developers, Google is reportedly testing car crash detection functionality for its Pixel devices. Android Q Beta 3 includes a new Google app called “Safety Hub” with the package name com.google.android.apps.safetyhub. As the name suggests, the feature will detect when you are in a car crash.
The app’s code point at automatic detection of a car crash, but it isn’t clear how exactly it would work at this point, but it is possible Google might rely on the data from the accelerometer sensor and the microphone. Furthermore, it doesn’t reveal what happens once it detects a car crash, but it would make sense if the app could alert emergency contacts listed within the app. Since it is still in the testing phase, the details are pretty vague at the moment.
Android Q beta 3 brings security and privacy improvements, a system-wide Dark Theme that can also be enabled from the Quick Settings panel, Live Captions that displays real-time captions on the screen, and is aimed at hearing impaired users. The feature doesn’t need an active data connection. The Smart Reply feature will suggest replies, emojis, and links to other apps. Lastly, Digital Wellbeing also received improvements and gets a new ‘Focus Mode’ that will block app alerts as well as notifications and disable all distractions. However, you can set exceptions and have it not block calls or messages from specific contacts. It also includes new parental controls, which will show parents how their kids are using the phone.