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The Pixel 2 can automatically switch into do not disturb mode when you're driving

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In addition to announcing two new Pixel phones this week, Google released a new app called Pixel Ambient Services. I know, it's an exciting name. This is the description for the app: "Pixel Ambient Services provides features based on local context for Pixel devices." Today, Android Police spotted that Google's provided screenshots for the app featuring an automatic setting for when the phones detect a user when driving. You can see it below.


This screen suggests that the phone will automatically go into a do not disturb mode when someone is driving. Google says it’ll use Bluetooth and device motion to determine when to activate the feature, but it probably can’t tell whether you’re the the driver or passenger.

Other phone makers, like Apple and Samsung, launched their own do not disturb while driving features this year. Both of their solutions send auto-replies to people who call or text. It isn't clear whether Google's does, too.