• Michelle Marchante

Companion app can make students feel safer

This column was published in FIU Student Media's The Beacon. Image retrieved from Flickr.

Michelle Marchante/Staff Writer

Have you ever walked alone late at night on campus and have passed by a suspicious person or heard a strange noise that sends warning bells through your mind? How many times have you thought someone should have accompanied you while walking at night?

With the invention of Companion, a free iOS and Android app, you may never have to think that again.

It’s common knowledge that one of the easiest safety measures someone can take to protect themselves at night is to use the “buddy” system. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to be accompanied everywhere you go; that’s where Companion comes in.

Created by five University of Michigan students, the Companion app allows friends and family members to virtually walk you to your destination. After inputting your destination, you’re asked to select one or more people from your contacts to be your “companion.”

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