February 24, 2016

How to Keep Loved Ones Safe (When You're Not Around)

Let’s say you daughter is away at college, driving that old car you piloted for years before handing it down.

Let’s say you daughter is away at college, driving that old car you piloted for years before handing it down. It’s a great car, except for that pull to the right, and the occasional misfires in the starter. No no, it’s a good car. Well, it’s a fine car. It’ll probably never leave your daughter alone on a dark street in a strange town under teeming rain late at night. 

But, what if it does?

We’re no fear-mongers here at Urgent.ly. Just realists. And you’re not a careless parent – you’re just trying to do your best with what you’ve got.

And that’s why we invented FamilyView. 

Built right into the Urgent.ly iPhone app, FamilyView automatically flies into action the moment your loved one (or anyone you designate) makes a request for help though their copy of the app.

Taking your daughter’s scenario above – it’s late, dark and all that – you’re probably sleeping, phone next to your ear on the night stand. Bzzt… Bzzt: Your iPhone comes to life as your daughter, miles away, taps for help with that broken starter motor. Pick up your phone and the magic continues as you’re presented with a map that targets your her location and the location of the tow truck, now moving across the screen to help her. 

Tap to call your daughter or reach the the tow driver, whatever makes you feel sure she’s getting help. But you really don’t need to because the screen tells the whole story, live. Viola - lay back and watch as she goes from stranded to safely towed.

So get the app and protect your family, friends, co-workers… you name it. And maybe get that starter fixed while it’s on your mind, before you need us ;-/

Download the app here.

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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