“When you climb into a ride-share service, you’re essentially putting your life into the hands of a stranger,” said Francy Wade, Communications Director for BestRides — a new app that tracks your location while you use services like Lyft and Uber.
“BestRides allows you to take the safety and put it back into your control,” said Wade.
The app, which was created in Massachusetts, allows users to track their rides from the moment they get in the car until they reach their destination — tracking the person’s location throughout the entire trip.
The app will send text updates to an emergency contact, letting them know if the ride has gone off course.
BestRides also features a timer, gauging how long a route should take and will send out a text if the rider hasn’t hit “arrived safely” within the appropriate time.
“It’ll send out a text to my contacts saying something’s wrong,” said head of development Marc Fantasia.
It features a panic button too — on the user’s phone and/or smartwatch. Users can even call 911 directly from the app.
“When I hit the panic button, it’s going to send the same text to my contacts saying ‘something’s wrong, here’s where Marc is, give him a call,'” said Fantasia.