Has road safety in the country gone to such great lows that we need an app to tell us when it’s safe to cross the street? Well, apparently, yes. Just look at the latest stats on road accidents and deaths, and you’ll see that we need all the help we can get in order to at least make it safely to the other side of the metro.
Enter Croxtec (pronounced as cross-tek), a mobile app designed to alert both pedestrians and motorists of each other’s existence by establishing safe zones. Much like Waze, which shows registered Wazers in the vicinity on its interface, Croxtec lets registered drivers and pedestrians see each other on the app.
Upon downloading the app, you have to choose between Pedestrian and Motorist, then give permission to use your location. You can easily switch between Pedestrian and Motorist later on. Once booted, the app interface shows you the map of the area, and also the number of cars driven by Croxtec users. Audio alerts for both motorists and pedestrians are the same:
- “You are in the safe zone. All clear!”
- “Be mindful of incoming motorists/pedestrians. Take caution!”
- “You are in the unsafe zone. Be alert!”
Speaking of alerts, the app has three ways of providing users with notifications: vibration, tone, and voice. You will also need to be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or mobile data.
It goes without saying, though, that if you are behind the wheel, you shouldn’t need an app to tell you to be cautious. Same with pedestrians—you shouldn’t be looking at your phone when crossing the street, or depend on it to get safely across. Use the pedestrian lane or a footbridge. That said, you have to admit that Croxtec could come in handy when you’re driving through blind corners, pitch-black roads, or fog and rain.
Croxtec is free to download on www.croxtec.com.ph, and is currently available only for Android smartphones.