App Update – Companion

Caitlyn Oliver

Ever been walking home alone one night and felt unsafe? University of Michigan students created an app that will keep someone with you while you travel to make sure your safe the entire way.

Companion, an app available for android and iOs, lets you plug in your destination and how you’re getting there and add people to be your “companion” as you travel. They don’t need the app for you to select them and you’ll get a confirmation message when they have agreed to be your Companion.

After you select a destination, the app gives you an estimated time of arrival and a map of the area.

When you feel uncomfortable, but not enough to call the police, you can anonymously report those areas by pressing the “I’m nervous” button. A button below that will allow you to actually call the police if you feel threatened and will double check the emergency to prevent pocket dials.