With an aim to reduce the number of road accidents, a private IT company has launched a new software to identify accident-prone areas in the city on Tuesday.
Nitin Gupta, director of Webmob Software, said that he was prompted to develop the app after witnessing a fatal accident in Chandigarh around six months back.
After three and a half months of hard work, the company developed a mobile application ‘Watch-out’.
On Tuesday, the company launched the application in Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The application has already been launched in Amritsar, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Panchkula and Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (SAS Nagar).
Gupta said it is a GPS (Global Positioning System)-based application, which requires internet connection on smart phone.
“When the person is about to reach the black spot, a voice message will prompt the user about an approaching danger area. The app will run in the background and prompt the person 500 metres before the black spot,” said Gupta.
Gupta estimates that with the launch of the app, at least 10-20 percent fatalities are expected to come down.
The company has identified 33 black spots in Ludhiana, seven in Jalandhar, 26 in Amritsar, 55 in tricity— Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar—and 42 in Lucknow.
Media head of Webmob Software Solutions Mayank Mishra and MD Preet Kwatra said the application has already 4,200 downloads.
The company will add realtime data in the application on the basis of feedback of users. The company will also ad ‘Panic Button’ in the application so that the user can inform his family members or police in case of road mishap.