For many women, walking alone at night can make them feel vulnerable, but a new app aims to diminish those fears. University of Michigan students Danny Freed, Jake Wayne, Lexi Ernst and Katie Reiner developed the Companion app, which allows users to share their routes with friends or family, who can then monitor them – using any map app – until they arrive safely at their destination. The app will detect any odd signs, like a speed change or a detour – even headphones being yanked out – and gives the user 15 seconds to confirm everything is fine before alerting the companion as well as emitting a loud alarm. A quick tap button can also connect the user to police.
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