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Your Pixel Watch 2 can now help save your life in a car crash or bicycle fall accident

The latest June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop brings Car Crash Detection and Bicycle Fall Detection to the Pixel Watch 2.
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Published onJune 11, 2024

TL;DR
  • As part of the June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop, the Pixel Watch 2 now supports Car Crash Detection and Bicycle Fall Detection.
  • Both safety features use your smartwatch to determine if you are in an accident and notify emergency services if you don’t cancel the outreach action within some time.
  • Bicycle Fall Detection is also supported on the first-generation Pixel Watch, but Car Crash Detection is not currently supported.

The Google Pixel Watch 2 is an iterative upgrade over the Pixel Watch, but it brings together a cohesive Pixel experience to the smartwatch market. As part of the June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop, Google is bringing new safety features to the Pixel Watch 2, pitching it as a wholesome companion to your smartphone with that quintessential Pixel magic.

Google has announced that the Pixel Watch 2 now gets Car Crash Detection. This feature has been available on Pixel smartphones and is now available on the latest smartwatch, too. If your Pixel Watch 2 determines that you are in a severe car crash, it will call emergency services at 911, notify your emergency contacts, and share your real-time location. You will have time to cancel the call to avoid an accidental trigger.

Pixel Watch 2 Car Crash Detection

Pixel Watches already have Fall Detection, wherein the smartwatch can detect if you have fallen and haven’t moved for around 30 seconds. If it detects you are in a fall, the watch will vibrate, sound an alarm, and send a notification asking if you are okay. If you don’t respond and cancel the action within a minute, the watch will automatically call emergency services and share your location.

With the June 2024 Pixel Feature Drop, the Pixel Watch and Pixel Watch 2 are now able to better detect falls from bicycles.

Google has clarified that the Car Crash Detection feature is currently marked for the Pixel Watch 2 only and not for the first-generation Pixel Watch. The Bicycle Fall Detection feature is available on both watches. It remains to be seen if Google adds Car Crash Detection to the first-generation Pixel Watch with a future update.

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