Beyond being an indispensable accessory for the social network-enabled generation, smartphones are finding use as extremely useful, even life-saving devices for a lot of other users. While drivers could use such apps for navigation purposes, maintenance tracking and location-aware services, other occupants find uses for these smart devices as TVs, music players and gaming devices.
One smartphone app that promises to be a godsend to people involved in an accident is called “Help I crashed my car”. Available for an unbeatable price (free!), this app allows to contact your family or friends in one click. While not as usually on a daily basis as, say a navigation app, “Help I crashed my car” is clearly an app that will act like a guardian angel in life-threatening situations.
Using wireless technology, “Help I crashed my car” is basically an emergency communications system for people involved in an accident. Aside from providing immediate notification to up to three persons, the system also connects with your nominated insurance agent, the insurance company and an auto body repair shop of your choice. With GPS-enabled smartphones, the app can can even send a map detailing the location of your crashed vehicle to the auto body repair shop, police department, emergency services and towing and rental companies. And since a smartphone inevitably contains a camera, the app also allows you to send pictures of the scene to any recipient you choose.
While the app may seem frivolous at first, anyone who’s been involved in an accident knows the value of what this app offers. More often than not, a vehicular accident will disorient and confuse the people involved, and the thought of being able to send for help in one click is a big comfort. That’s all you need. Put the app on a speed key or hotkey and you don’t have to fumble around when you need it most. Unfortunately, “Help I crashed my car” and the services it connects to is available for North Americans only. While accessible too with a laptop or a tablet, it’s a phone that we always carry with us, so it’s the logical device to put this useful app in.
Compared to a fuel calculator, trip meter or navigation aid, this app actually has the potential to save lives. We can only be thankful that some clever people are giving away for free such useful phone apps that obviously took time and some money to develop.