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Personal Safety App by Google – Automatically Calls 911

Personal Safety App by Google – Automatically Calls 911

Imagine a situation where someone is driving home at night after a long day. Unfortunately, an animal crossing the street makes one swerve their vehicle so as to save the animal from being smashed. Due to the speed at which the vehicle was travelling at, it becomes hard to control the trajectory even while on a clear road.

Frantically, the vehicle loses control and it slams into a tree. The driver gets knocked out unconscious and requires immediate medical attention. Their life clock is ticking and every second counts. But the chance of anyone noticing the crash in time is slim to none.

Thankfully, the driver had installed a personal safety app that automatically detects a car crash in the event it happens. Sooner than you know it, the medical team is right there at the scene of the accident in no time.

Personal Safety App

We have seen just how great Google has been when it comes to releasing essential mobile apps for both Android and iOS phones. This new addition might just be the one to save your life.

With the Made by Google event scheduled for October 15th just around the corner, the Pixel 4 leaks series continues to run in full steam. The latest leak comes in the form of the Personal Safety App which detects car crashes through the smartphone’s microphone.

According to XDA Developers, Google updated the built-in Emergency Information app on Pixel 2 XL and rebranded it in version 1.0.271601625.release as “Personal Safety.”

Furthermore, the description in the Play Store’s app confirmed this allegation by stating that car crash detection will be made available for Google Pixel devices in the United States. What wasn’t fully explained is if the app will only be available in the upcoming Pixel 4 series, or it will also be updated in other Pixel devices as well.

This is what the updated description on Google Play says:

Personal Safety is an app for Pixel phones that helps you stay safe and connected to first responders and your emergency contacts.

  • If your phone detects that you’ve been in a car crash, it can help reach 911 for you. Car crash detection is available in the United States.
  • Enter medical information and choose your emergency contacts. By default, this info is available when your phone is locked to help first responders.
  • With emergency sharing, you can quickly share a short message and your current location with all of your emergency contacts.

How It Works

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The Personal Safety app is configured with Pixel’s location, motion sensors and an ambient audio feature that comes with the microphone. This feature is able to figure out if an accident has occurred by probably listening for broken glass or collisions that are similar to Alexa Guard’s ability to hear break-ins.

As the new technology is still under machine learning. Google warns that high impact activities might also be able to activate car crash detection. When the phone thinks that a user was in a car crash, it will immediately vibrate and play an alarm tone at maximum volume. The screen then presents two options for users to choose from. The first one will be “I’m OK” – which tells the app to ignore the event. This proves to be useful in case a minor collision happened. Or the phone’s sensors picked up a false sound of that of an accident.

The second option gives users the ability to call 911 immediately. Two taps will connect the driver to emergency services and send the operator the phone’s current location. If the user doesn’t press either button within a certain period of time, the app automatically dials 911 for you. This is definitely a great feature in case the driver is unconscious or can’t reach the phone due to incurred injuries.

Emergency Sharing

The Personal Safety app isn’t just about car accidents. The app also supports emergency sharing where users can share a short message and current location with pre-programmed emergency contacts.

When in a dangerous situation, one can typically send a message to a 911 operator without saying a word. With a single tap, Google Assistant calls 911. Provides the user’s location and tells the operator the type of assistance you require. This will prove to be useful when someone is in a position where they are incapable of talking out loud. Or if they did so, they would be in more danger – for instance during domestic violence.


Approximately 40,000 people died in road accidents in the US last year. If this Personal Safety app can help lower that number, then why not use it? Not much is known about the app, but we should be able to learn more at Google’s Pixel 4 event on October 15th.