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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Automatic Crash Reporting for Your Smart Phone

For a few years now people wandering about the planet unattended have been able to carry GPS emergency locating devices.  Should something bad happen they can push a button on the unit and the system will send an emergency message to the appropriate people.  The draw back was/is that units are in the $100 and up price range and require an annual a subscription service.  Now there is a free alternative for those with an Android based smartphone.

Image: ActionXL
The excellent people at ActionXL, who create Android operating system applications for business, have created a free app for Android phones.  The app, called CRADAR, uses your smart phone's motion sensor to sense a jarring movement, like say, oh, a motorcycle crash.  The app then sends a text message complete with GPS coordinates to whatever phone number you've specified.  For those of us who ride alone and often in rural or remote areas, CRADAR provides a degree of security should things all go wrong.

I wrote my brother:  "If you don’t mind, I’m going to put your phone number in there for the text message. I’m going to use the app when I'm riding so if I take a fall you’ll know and can quickly fly to Arizona and help me pick the bike up or call 911, whichever is easier."

If you have a smart phone using the Android operating system you'll find the app in the Android Market Place.  A big tip of the helmet to the folks a ActionXL for providing a great safety tool for motorcyclists, bicyclists, hikers, and others out and about.


Dan Diego said...

I'm waiting for the app that lets me know when I'm ABOUT to crash.

That would be so useful...

mq01 said...

it really sounds great for those of us that ride alone. but i hesitate on anything that requires subscription. i wonder if this is anything like spot tracker?

Doug Klassen said...

MQ, it's free, no subscription. I just realized that I'd written the post rather poorly and have edited for clarity. Sorry!


mq01 said...

cool! i'll check it out! thanks doug

FLHX_Dave said...

My phone makes phone calls...that's it. What are these SmartPhones? What do they do?

heh...ok, when I start making money again I'll pick one up. Been thinking about this since I dig the lonely road.

Thanks for the info

Jac Brown said...

Great thought. Based on your post, I did some digging. I've got an iPhone and there is a similar choice for those called "BuddyGuard". It looks like they are also coming out with an Android app, but not available yet.

It's interesting that they call out 5 g's as the threshold for calling the emergency number. I think that's pretty high, but I'm not sure whatis the right number.

Anyway, it a smart idea. I wonder if I'm smart enough to use it.

Anonymous said...

I think this is really a great idea, I will definitely look into this app for my phone!

Anonymous said...

Nice tip, I'll check it out.

Timothy Frazier said...

Doug, THIS is one of the reasons I love your blog and have it listed in my links at my site. You entertain, but you also share some great finds.

I really could have used this app back in November of 2009 when I crashed my Triumph Rocket III...especially since my better half had to spend the next three hours trying to figure out where I was.

It's on my phone now.

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