When it comes to cars security is a major concern for a lot of people. You can be fortunate enough to own an autonomous car that saves your life and takes you to the nearest hospital when you have a pulmonary embolism while you´re driving, like Slate reports happened to a Tesla X owner in July. But what happens when you are in a car crash, autonomous vehicle or not, and you are not capable of alerting anyone of the danger you are in? That´s where the smartphone app CrashDetech comes into action.

A group of engineers saw the opportunity to save lives using technology already available in your smartphone. The app doesn´t work like many SOS apps out there, where you have to press a button, or a series of buttons in order for an alert to be sent, instead, it works only when it detects that the user is driving and analyzes real-time movements and G-forces in case of an accident. When it detects an accident, based on the speed parameters while driving and the sudden deceleration causing peaks in the G-forces, it marks the location of the accident and automatically calls the emergency services.

The interesting thing is that the application not only notifies the emergency services of the accident, it also sends the medical data of the driver, allergies, blood type and other relevant information that the emergency services need to shorten time in the assistance.

CrashDetech, so far, is being tested in South Africa and has the support of 113 different private medical service providers, which means that customers have a greater chance for an ambulance to save their lives.

The app, which was launched just six months ago, already has 3,000 subscribers, and Gerrits, the founder of the company, says CrashDetech is now bringing in 7,000 customers a month. “We’ve recently concluded a licensing agreement which will see 500,000 subscribers being on-boarded over the next year,” said the entrepreneur.
Gerrits says he is in discussions with potential partners in Zambia, Uganda, Guatemala and Australia, and also hopes to take it to the U.S. to expand the service. If it takes off as well as it is predicted, CrashDetech could be on its way to save thousands of lives.
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Kevin Nether