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Google's Pixel car crash detection comes to the rescue by potentially saving a man's life

Recent Google Pixel smartphones offer emergency features that could save lives in some instances. (Image source: Luca - Unsplash)
Recent Google Pixel smartphones offer emergency features that could save lives in some instances. (Image source: Luca - Unsplash)
An often forgotten about feature of Google Pixel smartphones has potentially saved someone's life. Unfortunately, car crash detection remains a Pixel-exclusive and is only available in three Anglophonic countries.

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Chuck Walker, known on Reddit as u/postnospam, recently shared his experience with Google's car crash detection. While he was not involved in a car accident, the feature kicked into action following a collision on his property, of which he has no recollection. Nonetheless, the photos below, taken a day after the event, reveal how Mr Walker sustained severe injuries to his ribs and was knocked unconscious.

The impact triggered car crash detection on his Pixel 4 XL, which alerted emergency services when he did not respond after the accident. Subsequently, Walker stated that his injuries were not immediately life-threatening but that it would probably have taken hours for someone to find him at the remote crash site. Google has published an interactive tutorial on enabling car crash detection, which you can follow here.

Unfortunately, the feature is only available on the following Pixel smartphones:

  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 5

Additionally, Google has narrowed the pool of eligible devices further by only enabling car crash detection for devices in Australia, the UK and the US. It seems that the feature will not form a part of Android 12 either, based on recent leaks and the first developer preview.

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(Image source: u/postnospam)
(Image source: u/postnospam)
(Image source: u/postnospam)

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r/pixel_phones via 9to5Google, Luca - Image credit

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Alex Alderson, 2021-03- 1 (Update: 2021-03- 1)