Safety when using smartphones is something that a wide group of experts is considering. No wonder then that Google Heads Up is making its debut on Pixel phones, and soon also on all Android devices. How it contributes to improving safety?
What is Google Heads Up?
Google's new idea is certainly unconventional. It is a function that, thanks to the precise location data, will remind the user that it is time to take your eyes off the screen. It will not be activated automatically - you will have to do it manually by accessing your phone's settings.
Certainly, although there are no exact statistics on this subject, the distraction resulting from using the phone while on the move is the cause of many more or less serious accidents. It is worth remembering that from June 1, 2021, the regulations will change and pedestrians will have the priority to enter the crossing. You will be fined for using the phone at this time. Crossing the road or track with your nose on your smartphone will be classified as an offense. The idea of Google is therefore an interesting alternative to improve security.
How it's working?
However, it is not an obstacle locator for pedestrians, so it is difficult to avoid, for example, entering a park bench with this function. It will also not help when crossing the street. Will work when the user uses this feature while moving slowly. Therefore, it will not turn on while driving. A message will appear on your phone prompting you to look around.
This is obviously just an attempt to create good habits by displaying messages. It in no way exempts pedestrians from being mindful.