Spaced is an accurate, in-depth solution to empower people to slow and eventually stop the spread of COVID-19 by being able to see anonymous locations of people to educate their decisions as they meet their essential needs in travel. Using tech made by MIT (private-kit), Spaced expands the concept and crowdsource location data to provide people with safer routes and times on doing tasks that require going out of the house like grocery shopping, taking a walk, etc.
Spaced gives users the information need to make decisions on when to go to a grocery store by displaying popular times to avoid the grocery store and gives users directions to get to the grocery store with avoiding the most amount of interactions with other people using real-time data.
The whole app - including the server code - is open-sourced.
Privacy is one of the biggest concerns, so the only data that is being shared is location (latitude and longitude), time, and a unique ID that is programmatically generated when the user starts the app for the first time. The unique ID is only used to link location to a user but does not give any information about the user.
Furthermore, Spaced allows users to define a home and work location where the app will not record location data to protect users privacy. When a user sets a home or office location, there is a 2500 sq meter square that is drawn with the location in the center where no data is being recorded. User’s home and work locations are only stored locally on the user’s device and will never be shared.