As a woman of wanderlust, I have been known to travel on my own on occasion, much to the horror of my friends and family who worry about my safety. Keeping tabs on me while traveling can now be a whole lot easier thanks to Google. Google introduced a new safety app this past week that allows your closest friends and family members to see your location, even when your phone is offline. The app, Trusted Contacts, is intended to “help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind,” according to the press release.
To use the service, you designate contacts with whom you want to share your location. If traveling or hiking, you can send a notification to the contacts to let them know you have safely arrived at your destination. Friends and family who are part of this trusted list can also request to see your location. If you are safe, you can deny the request, but if you don’t respond within a certain amount of time the location will be sent to the person who requested it. The app can help rescue services locate a person even if their phone is offline.
Facebook has its own similar safety check that allows users to mark themselves safe in the wake of a natural disaster, terror attack or other such event. Unlike Facebook’s check-in feature, however, users do not have to actively do anything, or even be online for their trusted contacts to find out where they are in an emergency.
According to the same press release, the app is only available for Android, though an iOS version will be available soon.
Download the app here: Trusted Contacts