When you drive with the Pixel 2, the device will automatically detect you’re behind the wheel and turn on Android’s Do Not Disturb feature. The mode is reminiscent of Apple’s Do Not Disturb while driving, which was recently introduced in iOS 11.
According to a screen grab found in an app called Pixel Ambient Services, the Pixel 2 will sense when a user is in motion and turn the feature on. The device will also turn the feature on when connected to specific Bluetooth systems. Google provides users with an option to turn the feature off completely.
Having never used Google’s feature, we have questions that need answering. When Do Not Disturb senses when a user is in motion, how easy is it to turn the feature off? Does the feature sense automatic replies when messages come streaming in? We’ll get answers to those questions when the Pixel 2 is released later this month.
Google this week took the wraps off the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which start shipping out to customers in just a few weeks. If you want to get your hands on the black and white Pixel 2 XL, however, there appears to be limited availability. As of this writing, the device is out in both 64GB and 128GB options.
Seeing features like Do Not Disturb come to more devices is great because they encourage drivers to focus on the road, rather than what’s on their phone.