If you’ve ever walked home alone and felt unsafe, this one is for you.
Thanks to a new mobile app, your friends can virtually walk you home.
The brain child of five University students hailing from Michigan, the idea behind Companion is to offer you a sidekick for any journey – it’s all in the name, really.
Virtually connecting you directly to a nominated friend, and even offering you an easy way to get emergency help through the use of a ‘call 999’ button, Companion has the aim of making lone journeys safer.
Simply input your destination and share your walk – via a map – with any contact in your phonebook. And do you want to know what’s even cooler? They don’t even need to have the app themselves.
Lexi Ernst, one of the founders, explains: “on your friend’s side they can see you walking and if you go off route, don’t make it home on time, or if you fall, or your headphones get yanked out of your phone, instantly your contacts are notified to check up on you.”
The app even gives you the chance to alert your friend if you feel nervous, so they can keep a closer eye on your journey.
Companion will also collect data to inform police of problem areas. Pretty amazing, right?
Speaking with WFAA.com, Lexie goes on: “People feel this issue, an uneasy walk home, feeling nervous at night, on a daily basis around the world, so it’s important to address it and use technology to make the world a better place… Personal safety is an issue from everyone, all demographics. It doesn’t matter your age, your sex or where you are from.”
Sound like something you’d like to use? You can download it here.
And the best part? It’s completely free.
By Laura Jane Turner