Tech: Companion App Ensures You Never Walk Home Alone

Are you ever worried about your friend getting home safely on a dark and rainy night? Well, there is now an app for that. This free app is called Companion and was created by a group of five students at the University of Michigan. As explained on its website, “Companion lets you reach out to family, friends, or your public safety department to have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night.” 500,000 people have downloaded the app since it launched last week. The app has built in sensors to track your movement and relay your location to your companion. Users can set off a “Smart Trigger” button which prompts the app to ask “Are You OK?” If this person does not confirm they are OK within 15 seconds, the app notifies your companion who makes the decision to call the police. “We’ve seen so many amazing use cases,” said 21-year-old Lexie Ernst, a cofounder who’s a senior at the University of Michigan. She said everyone from senior citizens to kids studying abroad are using the app.

Contributor: Susan Packer


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