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A potentially lifesaving new app is quickly garnering worldwide attention for a personal safety feature allowing friends to virtually walk you home at night. The Companion app lets your family or friends track your journey and will call for help automatically if it senses you’re in trouble. The main feature that distinguishes it from other tracking and GPS apps, such as Apple’s Find My Friends, is its “Are you OK?” button.
The app was created by five University of Michigan students after they worried about walking alone late at night. “Let’s say you are leaving the library late at night and you don’t have anybody to walk home with. All you do is input your destination, add a few contacts friends or family and Companion handles the rest,” said Lexie Ernst, a University of Michigan senior studying business and computer science.
“Companion lets you reach out to family, friends or your campus police and have them keep an eye on you as you travel late at night,” explained the app’s makers. “If you start running, don’t make it to your destination on time, have your headphones yanked out or your phone falls to the ground, we will check in on you to make sure everything is okay. You can also report areas that make you uneasy. Simply tap the “I Feel Nervous” button and we’ll pass this information on to the authorities.”
The app is similar to SafeTrek, an app that uses the pressure sensor of smartphone touchscreens to create an alarm that will call for help if the user lifts their finger off, in that removing a finger triggers a screen asking for a four-digit pin code and if it is not entered it alerts the police and directs them to the user’s location.