With ten thousand people around the world already using the App that can ensure you get home safely, the only question left to ask is why are you not.
Students created the Companion app, at University of Michigan. The App itself enables users to request a friend or family member to keep them company virtually and track their journey home via GPS on an online map.
Both users need to download the app but once they have The user can send out several requests to different phone contacts in case people are not available to be a companion or not with their phones at the time.
Those contacted then receive an SMS text message with a hyperlink in it that sends them to a web page with an interactive map showing the user walking to their destination. If the user strays off their path, falls, is pushed, starts running, or has their headphones yanked out of their phone, the app detects these changes in movement and asks the user if they’re OK.
If the user is fine, they press a button on the app to confirm within 15 seconds. If they do not press the button, or a real emergency is occurring, the Companion app transforms the user’s phone into a personal alarm system that projects loud noises to scare criminals from the scene, and gives you the option to instantly call the police.
On top of calling the police and alerting their chosen companion, users can also select an “I am nervous” button in the app, which tells the app where and when they feel unsafe. Companion’s creators said that in just one week after launching the second version of their app, they collected 500 incidents where students across multiple university campuses felt unsafe.