App of the Week – Google Personal Safety
What’s the most dangerous form of transporation? Your car. Its dangerous for you, pedestrians, cyclists, small animals, the environment; you name it. Not to mention drunk drivers, distracted drivers and just plain stupid drivers all seemingly oblivious to the fact that someone or something could get killed. That is why Google’s Personal Safety is the App of the Week.
Personal Safety works in a number of ways. It can detect the sudden changes in vehicle speed like coming to abrupt stop and location data. It also will listen to ambient noise to detect the sound of a crash.
If the app determines an accident has occured it activates a loud alarm and awaits the driver’s response. If the driver fails to acknowledge the alarm by selecting the “I’m OK” option, the app calls 911. It then provides the responders with your location. In addition Personal Safety can notify your family or close friends and display your emergency details such as medical data on the lock screen for first responders.
But auto accidents are not the only threat a person may face in or out of their vehicle. Personal Safety acts like a personal emergeny notification device. It permits the user to silently call 911 and send them their location and nature of emergency by pressing an automated button. The option can prove useful in critical events such as robberies or situations that turn from ugly to dangerous.
Google’s Personal Safety app will launch on October 15 during Google’s annual hardware event but according to reports it will only be available in the U.S. and on initially only on Google branded phones.