Android smartphones could detect when you’re in a car crash – and warn emergency services

GOOGLE is currently testing a car crash detection feature for its Android Pixel smartphones.

The highly anticipated Android Q software will be released later this year but users of the current beta version are noticing lots of new changes and additions already.

The feature is in the early stages of development

A recent discovery by XDA Developers revealed that Android Q Beta 3 has a new Google app called “Safety Hub”.

This feature is apparently exclusive to Pixel phones.

The software code alongside it suggests that the “Safety Hub” enables your phone to detect when you’ve been in a car crash.

It is currently unclear how the smartphone would detect a crash but it could rely on sources like the microphone or accelerator data.

This was the symbol found alongside the new feature

The microphone could pick op on sounds that resemble an accident, such as breaking glass, and the accelerator data could detect sharp drops in speed.

It is unclear what happens once a crash has been detected but it is likely the phone would contact the emergency services or some of the emergency contacts in your address book.

Hopefully more information about the new feature will be revealed in later beta Android Q updates.

This feature wouldn’t make Google Pixel phones the first consumer safety detection devices though as Apple watches can now detect if a user has fallen over and Amazon are slowly rolling out tech called “Alexa Guard”, which can ring the police if it detects intruders in your home.

All the devices that Android Q beta can be downloaded on

You can now test this version on more devices than ever before…

  • Asus ZenFone 5Z
  • Essential Phone
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LGE G8, Nokia 8.1
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3 Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • Vivo Nex S
  • Vivo Nex A
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL

How to get Android Q? 

If you can’t wait for the official Android Q update to come to all Android phones later this year then you can download the beta version on one of the 21 devices listed above.

Each of the companies who have partnered with Google for this have explanations about how to download the beta version on their particular devices on their websites.

For Google Pixel devices, users can enrol in the Android Beta for Pixel program by visiting g.co/androidbeta.

Once you’ve enrolled a device it will receive the latest beta updates over WiFi, including the final release.


In other news, Google announced new features for Android Q including a “Dark Theme” mode and automatic subtitles for videos.

Google Chrome gained its own ‘Dark Mode’ feature fairly recently, which turns app dark for nighttime viewing.

And, Apple may be adding a new swipe-to-type function for iPhone keyboards in the next big update.

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Android smartphones could detect when you’re in a car crash – and warn emergency services