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CrashLight: Interesting Safety App For Motorcycle Riders

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Gadgets Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

EatSleepRide App
The web site EatSleepRIDE Open EatSleepRIDE link in a new window has had a nice iPhone app Open App.Eatsleepride link in a new window for a while that is used by motorcycle riders to record their motorcycle trips and share their experiences with like-minded bikers.

The app has some nicely designed features allowing you to visualize your ride through the data your smartphone has gathered. You can use it to discover new routes and share photos of your rides.

Find out how far you went on your last ride, what your top speed and average speed was and even what the biggest (and average) lean angle was during the ride.

You can even check to see where your riding buddies are, and if they are close-by, go and join them. If you are riding in a group, you can see where the stragglers are.

But EatSleepRIDE have recently released an in-app purchase (that's when you can activate a subset of your app by paying some money as an app "option") that is very nice and handy and more importantly, offers a good peace-of-mind for you and your family/friends.

The function is called CrashLight, and what it is, is a function that uses your smartphone's hardware and some sophisticated software algorithms to detect whether you had a motorcycle crash, and if you have, it contacts your "support" team.

EatSleepRide CrashLight
Smartphones have an accelerometer and a gyroscope, meaning your phone can tell the acceleration the phone has been subjected to. A crash is usually a sudden very, very, high acceleration followed by a sudden stop. The phone's software can tell the difference between you for example dropping your phone (which would look like a crash) or putting nitro-methanol in your Hayabusa and accelerating into a wall.

When the app detects a crash, it contacts people you have listed as your support team, and the contacting is done via SMS, email and even a phone call. The support team is told where your last position was.

If you've had a crash but are okay, or in fact it's a false alarm, you've got 3 minutes before the alarm is sent out.

The CrashLight function needs to be subscribed to inside the app itself. Prices differ per country, so I can't tell you how much, but you will need to have purchased the EatSleepRide app first (US$2.99, UK£ 1.99). After that, you pay whatever small amount per year for the use of CrashLight.

The app currently only works on an Apple iPhone, but they are working on an Android version.

Click here to access the EastSleepRIDE web site Open Eatsleepride link in a new window
Click here to read more about the EastSleepRIDE app Open App.Eatsleepride link in a new window
Click here to purchase the EastSleepRIDE iPhone app Open Itunes.Apple link in a new window (US, UK Open UK link in a new window)

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