12 March 2020
Crash Detection

Now that the coupon platform is available, we will focus our attention on our users’ safety and security in case of vehicular accidents.

Nearly 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year. An additional 20 to 50 million are injured or disabled. More than half of these road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44. (Association for Safe International Road Travel, n.d.)

As a result, we started work on our very own crash detection platform.

Portability

As with our panic button, our crash detection app will be completely portable.

Not only within the confines of your property, but almost anywhere you may go, provided that you have either, internet connectivity or cellular reception.

Emergency Contacts

The app will allow you to list up to four (4) emergency contacts, to be alerted in case of emergency.

Failover

In an attempt to ensure delivery your emergency contacts will be notified via both SMS and WhatsApp, simultaneously.

Audible Confirmation

Upon activation the user will receive an audible confirmation that the crash was successfully detected. We do this for two reasons.

  1. To prevent the user from having to check their device to verify activation, since they may be incapacitated.
  2. To prevent false alarms, since the user will be alerted to accidental triggers, allowing them the timely opportunity to cancel and thereby update their emergency contacts and services.

Cancelling False Alarms

Users may accidentally trigger a false alarm by throwing or dropping their phone, at which point they will receive an audible alert notifying them of their error.

The user will then have the timely opportunity to cancel the false alarm, at which point all his or her emergency contacts will receive an update informing them of the false alarm.

Emergency Services

Apart from the user’s own emergency contacts, we will also rally existing emergency services, including ambulance services 1, fire brigades 2, and law enforcement 3. (Head, 2018; Oukula, 2015)

Footnotes

  1. Ambulance services like ER24 and NetCare 911.
  2. Fire brigades like that of the City of Tshwane.
  3. Law enforcement, like the South African Police Services (SAPS) and highway patrol.

References

  1. Association for Safe International Road Travel (n.d.) Annual Global Road Crash Statistics. Retrieved from https://www.asirt.org/safe-travel/road-safety-facts/ 
  2. Head, T. (2018, November 12) Nine emergency numbers in South Africa that need saving in your phone. The South African. Retrieved from https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/emergency-numbers-in-south-africa/
  3. Oukula, O. (2015, July 29) 3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work. CapeTalk. Retrieved from https://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/3216/3-emergency-numbers-you-should-have-on-speed-dial-and-how-they-work