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Mobile apps that make city intersections safer

It is no secret that the streets of Seattle can be dangerous. Whether you are a driver, motorcyclist, pedestrian or bicyclist, you are at risk for getting into a collision when crossing through busy intersections. There are plenty of ways to improve your safety, including using certain mobile apps. 

While smartphones may be a cause of distraction for some people, they can actually be useful for making you safer if you use them properly. Here is a look at some apps that make city intersections safer. 


Pedestrians are at a major disadvantage when it comes to traffic collisions. This is why safe crosswalks are vital in cities. The Tug app utilizes wireless technology to send messages from crosswalk signs to pedestrians at intersections. Pedestrians can receive alerts to either cross carefully when they have the right of way or wait.

Rider Alert

This app has a goal of reducing crashes between motor vehicles and cyclists. It sends a sound notification to smartphones when cyclists and pedestrians with Bluetooth-enabled phones are close. The app also has a sensor to warn drivers who are looking at their phones.

Drowsy Detector

Fatigue is dangerous for people who are operating vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds. The Drowsy Detector app relies on facial recognition technology to warn drivers when they are getting drowsy. It also alerts nearby app-users when a drowsy motorist is nearby. 


Smartphone users can now earn rewards by driving responsibly. The SafeDrive app gives points to motorists who do not text while driving. Drivers have the ability to redeem points for various services and products. 

Look up!

Pedestrians can never be too certain when an intersection is safe. Even when they have the right of way, a negligent driver may come barreling through a red light or stop sign. The Look up! app uses a smartphone accelerometer, GPS technology and wearable sensors to alert pedestrians when they are approaching an intersection. It encourages pedestrians to keep an eye out when crossing streets.

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