SafeRide - an app with automatic ID & alert system for women in trouble while in transit
An app that records a taxi-driver's identification automatically while linking GPS location information of women while they in transit. If they are in trouble (or feel in danger) a panic button can be pressed that will send push notifications to selected friends/family in nearby area. The insight here is that most women feel safe at home or at work, but considerably less so while in transit - particularly if they are alone or it is late at night.
App has 3 main features:
- GPS Location - always has a record of location movements of user of last 24 hours. Information is private until panic button is pushed.
- Taxi Identification - if entering a taxi, the driver's id (and details) will be sent to user's phone automatically. This gives record to user and allows her to double-check if the driver is certified.
- Panic Button - if the user encounters any problem, panic button can be hit. This will notifiy all friends/family (special priority to those in closer proximity) of the situation. The GPS location record will then be made public to those on notified list.
Explain your idea in one sentence.
An app that records the GPS location, taxi-driver's identification, and has a panic button for potential dangers to be used by women while they in transit.
What is the need you are trying to solve?
The need for women to feel safe while they are in transit, and for potentially dangerous people to know that the women they target are digitally connected at all times to alert others if they are in danger. Originally this idea was conceived based on user feedback of women in Shanghai; and although it is not 100% applicable in countries where smartphones are inaccessible, companies such as Firefox are trying to make this gap closer with their cheap phones.
Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?
All people who are in transit often using taxis or public transport (particularly alone or late at night), but more so for women. The success would be monitored by looking at how many people use the app, how many times it has been activated, and the outcomes during occasions where the panic button was used.
Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?
This should be implemented firstly by the creation of the app, but ultimately it will need the taxi companies to provide the identification details of their drivers. They currently already do so, but it only a physical paper certificate in front of the passenger seat. The technology to do this could possibly be RFID push notifications, or maybe a QR code scanner in the seats of the car.
Where should this idea be implemented?
As I am working in Shanghai (high-density commercial city) with lots of taxis, my first thought is that it would work best in these areas. It would particularly service women who work late at night and go home alone.