If you live in a big city or are still in college, you’ll often have to walk home alone at night. It can be frightening experience, turning every corner with bated breath and looking over your shoulder for a shadowy figure.
While it can be tempting to call someone and have a conversation on your way home, that can be distracting. It’s difficult to hear an attacker if you’re trying to listen to the person on the other line and if you are assaulted, the person you were speaking to probably won’t be able to tell police your exact location.
Thanks to five University of Michigan students, it’s now easier for you to get home safely and to get help if something goes awry, with Companion.
“It seems like we get a crime alert email nearly every other day,” the creators wrote in a blog post. “While we brush them off most of the time, they are always a bit spooky.”
The app is a pretty brilliant idea, taking extra steps that other safety apps don’t. As Seventeen reports, you enter your location and destination, selecting a friend to be your “companion.” The person you choose can watch your progress as you walk home. If you deviate from your path, start running suddenly or your headphones are pulled out, the app will send you an alert. You have 15 seconds to respond before your “companion” is notified and your phone begins to make loud noises. If you feel like you’re safety is compromised, you can hit an “I am nervous button” to alert campus safety officials (that’s if you’re at a college) and you also have access to a button that will call the police.