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This App Could Save Your Life

Every day in the United States, 80 people are killed in traffic accidents. That’s almost 30,000 people per year.

Whether they’re just freak accidents, weather-related incidents, or far more reckless situations like being the victim of a drunk driver, or someone texting while driving, it’s a sobering statistic.

No matter the cause, serious car crashes – and fatalities from them – are extremely sudden and traumatic.

Now, usually, there are either other people involved, or people nearby, who can alert emergency services. But what about a crash where nobody is around to immediately help the victim, or victims?

Well, there’s an app for that…

You’ve Crashed… You’re Alone and Unconscious… What Now?

In a serious car crash, every second counts – especially late at night, or in sparsely populated areas.

After all, if someone drives off a deserted road into a ditch, who’s going to call for help if the driver is unconscious? That’s the thinking behind Anibal Madrid’s “SoSmart” app.

As Madrid puts it: “If you’re driving late at night or driving on the highway and you happen to have an accident, nobody will know about it for maybe 10, 15, or 20 minutes. And we all know very well that the time between when the accident occurs and when emergency services are notified is fundamental and could make the difference between life and death.”

That’s where SoSmart comes in…

It sends an immediate notification to family and friends as soon as things go awry.

Of course, the app can’t confirm if the victim is dead or alive… it merely detects a potentially fatal accident, and sends an alert to loved ones with precise details.

Obviously, nobody wants to get that stomach-churning middle-of-the-night call that something terrible has happened. But would you rather get a call that your child is dead (an hour after the accident), or an alert seconds after the accident while there may still be hope?

Exactly. So even if it takes 10 minutes for the paramedics to arrive, those are 10 more reasons for why this app has true lifesaving power.

Here’s how it works…

The Secret Is in the Sensors

Once you download the app, you simply add the contact details of the people you wish to be notified if the worst happens.

If a driver ends up in a bad traffic accident, Madrid says, “The app uses the internal sensors in your phone, and without the user doing anything,” to alert the designated emergency contacts immediately, along with the location of the incident.

This allows time for the contacts to call 911 and give accurate information, therefore speeding up the response time. Check out the video below…


130,000 Lives Saved

About 1.3 million people die from traffic accidents worldwide every year. And according to Madrid, the SoSmart app could save 130,000 lives.

Now, while the benefits of the app are obvious, SoSmart has had to address some important questions. For example, “What if a user drops the phone, thus triggering a potential problem? Would loved ones be contacted unnecessarily?”

Luckily, this won’t be a concern. According to Madrid, a dropped phone accelerates at about three to four times the force of gravity (Gs), while sudden accelerations caused by a serious car accident would happen over 200 Gs. Eliminating mistakes and glitches is crucial in terms of validating the technology. After all, causing needless anguish in the middle of the night due to some tech glitch would be the fast track to obsolesce.

Madrid eventually aims to connect the app users to emergency services directly.

But in the meantime, you can download SoSmart in the Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOGL) app stores. And it’s free, too.

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Nikia Wade

Nikia Wade

, Technology Correspondent

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