Now, usually I would strongly discourage the use of smartphones while on a motorcycle except for possibly using it for navigation, trip tracking or weather updates, but even then I'd strongly encourage you to use those functions while not actually riding. Pull off to the side of the road if you need to use your phone. Still, technology is quickly evolving and there are some apps out there that can really help save your butt. One such app is GoRide.
What is GoRide?
GoRide is an app that can contact predetermined people automatically in the event of an unfortunate accident. Simply download the app, set your "saviors" (friends, family or other riders you want to be notified in the case of an accident), attach your phone to your motorcycle's handlebars and press the start button within the app.
Once activated, the app will monitor your movements and should your bike fall over, like in the event of an accident, there's a twenty-second delay and then it sends an alert to your saviors. After receiving the alert notification, your saviors will be able to see where you are via a map and act accordingly.
Why This is Useful
I ride alone a lot. While it's safer to ride in a group. You don't always have your buddies around you. This app can help the solo motorcyclist stay in touch with fellow riders or loved ones even when he or she is by his or herself. Currently, the app is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and a few other places around the world, though I was told it will be expanding to more areas as time goes on.
I simply stumbled across this app, and after a brief correspondence with Tom Coomer of Smudge Inc, the company behind GoRide, I decided it was worth mentioning on Windburned Eyes. I know there are other great rider-friendly apps out there. Please, share them in the comments section below.
If you're interested in GoRide, check out the app's website or its page in Apple's App Store.
GoRide Update 1
Tom Coomer, recently reached out with updates to the app that improve it and make it even more of an important tool you should consider.
The app now features an SOS button. This button can be added to the iPhone's "Today View" as a widget, which allows anyone to send a fall alert to the user's saviors even if the iPhone is locked. This feature makes the app even easier to use.
The widget can be accessed by simply dragging down from the top of the screen to view the notification center and swiping from left to right to view the widgets.
In addition to the new SOS button, Tom informed me that the app now supports Apple TV. This makes it easy to see any recent fall alerts on a large map. It also allows users to update profile settings that will sync to their mobile device.
I highly recommend downloading the GoRide app. It could save your butt and get you the help you need.
GoRide Update 2
GoRide has switched to a new paid model. While this is a little unfortunate, for $3 on the App Store I truly believe it's a good value and worth the few bucks. One of the reasons is that the app can be downloaded and paid for once and utilized on a number of devices. As long as it's the same user, you can use it on your iPhone, iPad Apple TV, etc.
Also, the app has expanded the areas in which it can be used. New Zealand, Netherlands and Switzerland have all been added to the app and it is, of course, still available in the countries listed above.