New seat alert app for pregnant commuters
- 23 January 2017
- From the part Technology
A brand new app launches within the UK on Monday aimed toward serving to pregnant ladies get seats on public transport.
Babee on Board consists of two companion apps that talk by way of Bluetooth.
As soon as an alert is triggered, individuals close by with the app obtain a message saying there's somebody who wants to take a seat down.
The app containing the alert button prices ¬£three.99, which shall be donated to a youngsters's charity.
The builders stated they have been charging a payment to stop it being utilized by pranksters.
"We might quite give it away without spending a dime however we have to guarantee there is a barrier so individuals do not obtain it without spending a dime and troll these round them," stated Hew Leith, chief government of 10X, the British innovation consultancy behind the app.
"We're donating 100% of the income to charity."
The associate app which notifies passengers that any person requires a seat might be downloaded at no cost and can activate mechanically if a seat request is shipped.
The 2 apps work "like walkie-talkies" stated Mr Leith.
They require the handset's bluetooth location providers and notifications to be switched on and the app is presently solely obtainable for Apple units.
"We ought to be utilizing our eyes [instead] however in case you go searching you, everybody whips out their telephone as quickly as they sit down," stated Mr Leith.
"Once we did consumer testing fairly a couple of ladies stated that early on in being pregnant, when they don't seem to be displaying, is once they really feel most ailing and wish a seat probably the most.
"However visibly you'll be able to't see the bump and you may't all the time see the badge as a result of the trains get so busy."
The Nationwide Childbirth Belief (NCT) expressed help.
"Something that helps ladies with a 'child on board' to have a extra snug journey can solely be a great factor," stated senior coverage adviser Elizabeth Duff.
Analyst Marina Koytcheva from CCS Perception stated the agency had recognised a enterprise alternative.
"Travelling on public transport at rush hour is an arduous process at the perfect of occasions. When you're pregnant it's much more difficult," she stated.
"It's superb what know-how can do as we speak, however it's also onerous to inform what number of pregnant ladies shall be prepared to pay for the comfort of discovering a seat."
In 2016 the South Korean metropolis of Busan successfully trialled a scheme of pink buttons, hooked up to coach carriages and activated by way of Bluetooth badges, to alert commuters to pregnant ladies requiring seats.
In London pregnant commuters can get a free "Child On Board" pin badge from the Tube community.