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Google Pixel 4 might call for help automatically if you're in a car crash

An app will reportedly use sensor readings from the accelerometer and microphone to detect if you've been in a crash -- and then try to check in with you.

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A Google Pixel may be able to call for help.

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Google is tweaking its Pixel phones' Emergency Information app to automatically call 911 if you get into a car crash, XDA Developers reported Monday. It's unclear whether the feature will come to all Pixel phones or just to the upcoming Pixel 4.

The updated app, which is being renamed Personal Safety, will use your location and sensor readings from the accelerometer and microphone to detect whether you've been in a crash, according to the Android-focused developers site. The app will then play an alert at maximum volume and will vibrate. If you don't mute the app, it will automatically calls emergency services and give out your location.

Watch this: Video tour of what could be Pixel 4 XL goes online

The emergency call feature hasn't shown up on Pixel phones yet. Google might be holding off for its Pixel 4 reveal on Oct. 15, according to XDA Developers.


This could be the Pixel 4.


We also got a look at a possible Pixel 4 on Monday night from reliable leaker Evan Blass, aka @evleaks. The image seems to reveal the smaller of the upcoming devices -- we saw Pixel 4 XL leaks last month -- in the Just Black color.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published at 6:29 a.m. PT on Oct. 1.
Update, 6:54 a.m. PT: Adds more detail and the Pixel 4 image.