Apps that are making roads safer in India

From minimising distraction from cellphones to dispatching quick response teams, here are few apps and services that make taking the wheel a little safer

Available on: Android

Recognising that smartphones are one of the biggest sources of distraction in the car, Kruzr minimizes these by handling phone calls through a ‘smart chatbot’. The app only forwards the calls that are really important by first declining the call and initiating a chat with the caller to inquire if the call is important. If it is, then the person is asked to call again and the app forwards it. Additionally, the app is sensitive to speed and can detect when the car is being driven, stationary or if there has been an accident. If a user is involved in an accident, the app picks up their current location and its backend connects with the nearest possible help to ensure that assistance arrives swiftly.

Safely Home
Available on: Android

In an emergency situation, Safely Home automatically alerts the police, ambulance and the user’s emergency contacts. By leveraging location tracking, the app can monitor speed and movement to detect road crashes. It also provides roadside assistance for a variety of issues including breakdowns and running out of fuel, displaying the closest mechanics, petrol pumps and so on.

Party Hard Drivers

Don’t have a designated driver? Party Hard Drivers has the perfect solution. Specifically geared to make sure that you don’t take to the wheel after a night of drinking, the service promises to provide reliable chauffeurs, at a reasonable price, to drive you and your car home. Those who want to avail of the service just have to make a phone call.

One Touch Response
Available on: Android and iOS

Like the name implies, with a touch of a button, using location tracking, this safety app dispatches an assistance team to help users handle emergency situations. One of the features it offers is ‘on road assistance’. In the event of an accident, the service dispatches their own team and coordinates with the police and emergency services to ensure that evacuation and medical attention reaches the site as soon as possible.

HumSafar Road Safety
Available on: Android

Developed by a bureaucrat in Rajasthan, the HumSafar Road Safety app aggregates the details of hospitals, police stations, ambulance services and other emergency services and sends out precise map locations. The idea is that, with a single click, a user will be able to quickly avail emergency services for themselves or others. The app is currently only functional in Rajasthan but the government has plans to eventually roll out the service across the country.

– Compiled by Ankita Das

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