According to reports, Google is developing a function that will let phones be used as dashcams. A dashcam, sometimes known as a dashboard camera, is often a small camera mounted on a car’s dashboard or on the windscreen (behind the rearview mirror). During a drive, the dashcam captures everything that is in front of the vehicle, and some high-end dashcams can also catch images of what is in the back using a rear-facing lens. A similar functionality is rumored to be coming to Pixel smartphones as well as certain Android devices, such the Nothing Phone 1.
A report from 9to5Google claims that the Personal Safety app’s ‘dogfood’ apk version was accidentally released by the firm. The article also stated that a feature known as the Dashcam was reportedly included on the app. The function, according to the article, will allow users to utilize their phones as dashcams. During a drive, the function will record videos and, at the user’s discretion, audio, assisting in gathering pertinent footage in the event of an accident or other unforeseen events.
A “Dashcam” shortcut under the “Be prepared” area of the home page, which includes contains services like “Emergency Sharing,” “Safety Check,” and “Car Crash Detection,” is where users may access the tool, according to the article. Alternatively, you may see your most recent videos or start a manual recording here. According to reports, while the function is enabled, phone operations, including Google Maps navigation, won’t be hampered. According to the article, the functionality may be locked on the phone to save battery, and it will still function as normal.
According to the article, users may opt, when configuring the function, to have recordings start automatically when the phone is linked to a certain Bluetooth device installed in the car, such as the music system, and cease when the connection is broken.
According to reports, unless manually saved to the device or cloud, Google has intended the capability to destroy recorded footage from the dashcam after three days. A maximum recording time of 24 hours will be allowed, and the recording will also be compressed, averaging “30 MB per minute,” the article claims.
It is uncertain if the dashcam function will use an ultra-wide lens or a unique cooling method to combat overheating from the always-on recording and/or being set up at a position with direct access to sunlight. All information about this feature should be treated with caution because the corporation has not yet publicly disclosed it or even hinted at it.
The Google Pixel 7a and Google Pixel Fold were recently introduced at the I/O 2023 event, which was held by Google. Both of these devices, along with other Pixel phones and certain Android smartphones, will likely come equipped with the dashcam capability if they are released.
The search engine giant frequently emphasized its interest in AI during Google I/O 2023, which also saw the introduction of its first foldable phone and Pixel tablet. The corporation plans to use AI technology this year to boost its applications, services, and Android operating system. On Orbital, a Gadgets 360 podcast, we go through these and other topics. Wherever you listen to podcasts, you can find Orbital on services like Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Music.