With biking gaining in popularity, it is more important than ever for bikers to be safe. Over the past few years, there have been all kinds of advancements within cycling to help riders become more safety conscious, such as better helmets, lights and sounds that warn approaching vehicles of your presence on the road, and apps that help to track your progress. Now, there’s even an app available that will let your friends and family visualize your progress on a digital map, so they will know where you are at all times during your bike ride.
At first reading, that may sound a little scary and stalker-ish, but I think it’s a pretty good idea, especially for anyone preparing to go for a long jaunt on the bike. The app is called RoadID, and thanks to a new update, users are able to send real-time progress data to anyone in their contact list. Besides the map of your location, you can also choose to let them know what you’re doing (running, walking, biking, etc.) and how long you plan on doing the activity. That way, when you don’t return close to when you said you’d be done, they can do some further checking to make sure everything’s okay. This new feature is referred to as “eCrumb” within the app.
Apart from the safety aspect of RoadID, it also lets you give your location information to those who you plan on meeting at a certain location. That way, you can show them an actual map instead of the generic, “Oh, I’ll be there in about 15 minutes, or so.”
There’s also a neat little feature built into the lock screen where a user can input all of their emergency information, such as contacts, specific allergies and blood types, and other instructions. As far as I can tell, RoadID is currently only available for iOS users.
What do you think? Is this a good idea or is it too “Big Brother” for you? Let us know in the comments section below!
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