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The Pixel 2 just stole one of iOS 11's best features

"Do not disturb when driving" is a go.


A screenshot from the Google Play store.

Screenshot by Sean Hollister/CNET

With iOS 11, Apple's iPhones can now automatically silence all notifications and alerts when the phone determines you're driving -- to keep you focused on the road.

Now, Google is cribbing that handy feature for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

The new Pixel Ambient Services app, which will come preinstalled on Google's latest flagships, includes the feature -- though it's off by default. You'll need to enable it in the Do Not Disturb settings before it starts checking to see if you're driving. 

The app says it uses a combination of Bluetooth and device motion to tell, presumably by checking whether your phone's accelerometers are bouncing around and if your phone's Bluetooth radio sees opportunities to connect to Bluetooth-enabled cars.

Note the app is exclusive to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for now -- you can't install it on earlier Pixel devices (we checked) and it's not part of a broader Android release that phonemakers can add to their new devices, either.

But don't rule that out: It's CNET's understanding that Google's collecting feedback before deciding whether to roll out the feature more broadly. Like Google Lens, another feature that'll be exclusive to Pixel at launch, it may arrive on other devices soon.

The feature was originally reported by Android Police.