App of the Week – Google Personal Safety

Published On October 8, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | App of the Week

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.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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