Apple’s iPhones can now automatically silence all notifications and alerts— to keep you focused on the road.
Now, Google is cribbing that handy feature for the newand .
The new Pixel Ambient Services app, which will come preinstalled on Google’s latest flagships, includes the feature — though it’s off by default. You’ll need to enable it in the Do Not Disturb settings before it starts checking to see if you’re driving.
The app says it uses a combination of Bluetooth and device motion to tell, presumably by checking whether your phone’s accelerometers are bouncing around and if your phone’s Bluetooth radio sees opportunities to connect to Bluetooth-enabled cars.
Note the app is exclusive to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for now — you can’t install it on earlier Pixel devices and it’s not part of a broader Android release that phone makers can add to their new devices, either.
The feature was originally reported by Android Police.