Whether it is from drunk driving or distracted driving, an estimated 1.3 million people die behind the wheel each year. On top of that, around 50 million suffer from serious injuries and even become disabled.
Luckily, people all around the world are working to make the roads a safer place for all. Google is working on its unexpectedly safe self-driving cars, and in Europe, the EU has put regulations in place that require emergency alert systems be built into each new car starting in 2018.
What can you do in the meantime? And what about older models of cars? There's a new app out of the Netherlands that wants to be your go-to emergency service and it could potentially save you or a loved one's life.
It's called Collision Call and if you're in a crash above 20 mph (which also means this also works on bikes, subways and trains), it will call 911 and send an email to your emergency contacts and even your office and co-workers. This way, they can take immediate action in case the worst is to happen.
But how does the app know you've been in a crash? According to its developers, the app can measure G-forces and can detect when those forces reach dangerous levels. To prevent being activated in the wrong situation, the app only works once you've been traveling over 30 mph for 10 seconds.
Better yet, this app works in 144 different countries, so you can use this app if you decide to travel abroad.