Most Recent Android Q Beta includes Code for Automatic Car Crash Detection

Code in the latest beta release of Google’s mobile OS, reveals a new Android Q automatic car crash detection string…

Google routinely releases new features exclusive to Pixel phones. These sometimes make their way to more devices, but not always. It’s also somewhat common for Google to introduce new tools which the company eventually kills off.

Android Q Automatic Car Crash Detection Test Spotted for Pixel Devices

Now, the team over at XDA-Developers has uncovered an interesting string of code. It would appear inside the Safety Hub app within Android Q beta version 3. The code contains a function reading, “automatically launch an alert activity when the device detects you are in a car crash.”

What’s most interesting is just how this feature would work in the real world. It could include using the phone’s accelerometer and/or the camera and microphone, along with GPS. 

“<string name=”car_crash_alert_icon_description”>Car crash icon</string>
<string name=”car_crash_detection_dogfood_title_text”>Car Crash Detection Dogfood</string>
<string name=”car_crash_dogfood_app_name”>Car Crash Dogfood</string>
<string name=”car_crash_permission_preference_title”>@string/car_crash_permissions_menu_item_text</string>
<string name=”car_crash_permissions_menu_item_text”>Car Crash Dogfood Permissions</string>
<string name=”dogfood_welcome_text”>\u0009Welcome to the car crash detection dogfood. In order to properly use this feature, please enable the following permissions. Once you enable them, this dogfood will automatically launch an alert activity when the device detects you are in a car crash.</string>”

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